Something tells me there is a very sinister aspect to this story. I hope the details about who, and why, become known soon.
H/T Taffy in Canada
- wo men, aged 46 and 33, arrested in connection with the Hampshire attack
- Boy was walking beside woodland in Yateley when he was attacked
- Being treated at a specialist hospital in London with family at his side
- Suffered sever burns to his face, eyes and upper body
- Police described the incident as ‘terrifying’ but said attack is not thought to have been ‘random’
PUBLISHED: 13:52 GMT, 16 January 2013 | UPDATED: 17:02 GMT, 16 January 2013
A teenage boy suffered ‘horrendous’ injuries that could leave him blind after acid was thrown into his face as he was enjoying a walk in woodland.
It is feared the 16-year-old could be permanently disfigured after suffering severe burns to his face, including his eyes, and upper body.
The unnamed boy is being treated at a specialist hospital in London with his parents at his bedside.
A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said it was ‘too early for prognosis’ and that they are still investigating what the acid was and what container it had been in.
Two men have been arrested by detectives investigating the chemical attack, which happened in darkness as the boy walked near woods in his hometown of Yateley, near Farnborough, Hampshire.
The 46-year-old man from Yateley and a 33-year-old man from Farnborough have been released on bail pending further inquiries.
Police denied the attack was a drug deal gone wrong or over a financial matter or girl. They confirmed the young victim was white and British.
Paramedics were called to the scene and gave the boy immediate treatment for the facial injuries before he was rushed to hospital.
The teenager, who has not been named by police, was left writhing in agony on the pathway as the acid burnt through his clothes and skin.
The attackers, who were wearing dark clothes, ran off before emergency services arrived.
A spokesman for Hampshire Police said that the attacker was a stranger to the teenager, but added it was not a random incident.