Woman left temporarily blinded in one eye after ‘noxious’ substance thrown in her face inside The Glad Abbot in Bury St Edmunds
PUBLISHED: 14:18 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:18 25 September 2017
A woman has temporarily lost sight in one eye after a “noxious” substance was thrown in her face in a Bury St Edmunds pub.
Two men, one wearing a hooded top and one wearing a baseball cap, entered The Glad Abbot in Glastonbury Road at around 11pm on Friday and threw a liquid from a bottle, which hit the victim in the face.
The woman, in her 30s, was not believed to have the intended target of the attack, a spokeswoman for Suffolk Constabulary said.
The victim was treated at the scene by East of England ambulance staff and then taken to hospital.
The police spokeswoman said the woman had “temporarily lost the sight in one eye and is receiving further medical attention”.
Work is underway to determine what the substance, described by police as “noxious”, was.
One of the managers of the pub, who does not want to be named, said: “We want everyone to be happy and safe. There has never been any trouble in the pub before. Police have never had to attend.
“We are really shocked and upset for the victim, who doesn’t want to be called a victim.
“She’s been really strong, she has been incredibly brave and we are supporting the police with all their inquiries.
“We are just really shocked and upset and we don’t want anything to happen again.”
At just after 10pm on the same evening, police received a number of calls that two vehicles were driving dangerously in Out Risbygate and Newmarket Road in Bury St Edmunds.
It was reported that two cars, thought to be a blue Ford Fiesta and a Vauxhall Insignia (possibly a white or silver estate), were driving in a dangerous manner and were colliding with each other.
Officers are looking at possible connections between this incident and the attack in The Glad Abbot.
Witnesses to either incident or anybody who has any information are asked to call police 101 quoting reference 62635/17.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through its anonymous online form