Salford mother hurt in Pendleton racist acid attack

Police image of suspect Police said the attacker had blue eyes, a dimple in his chin and a red mark like a burn on his bottom lip

A Salford woman had acid thrown at her in a racist attack as she pushed her baby in a pram.

The 29-year-old was in an underpass on Broad Street, Pendleton, on Thursday when a man in his 40s approached her.

He made a sexual and racist comment to her before throwing a container of corrosive liquid over her, said police.

The victim, who is black and originally from Cameroon, was treated in hospital for burns to her chest and back. Her baby was not injured.

A police spokesman said it was believed to have been a random attack on the woman and it was being treated as a hate crime.

Chief Inspector Mark Kenny said it was an ''unprovoked'' attack on the woman

'Nasty injury'

Det Con Jim Harris, of Greater Manchester Police, said it was "an appalling attack on a lady who was walking with her very young baby".

"Thankfully none of the corrosive liquid hit the baby or went on the victim's face as the incident could have been a lot worse than it already is," he said.

"The offender needs to be caught and held responsible for his actions which have caused a nasty injury to the lady and much distress."

The man was described as being white, of stocky build, 5ft 10in to 6ft 2in tall, had very short, dark hair with a straight hair line and a bald patch at the back.

He has blue eyes, a dimple in his chin and a red mark like a burn on his bottom lip.

He was wearing a sleeved dark-grey jumper with a round neck, black tracksuit bottoms with a grey and white stripe down each leg and black trainers.

Nazir Afzal, the North West's chief prosecutor, said the Crown Prosecution Service was "advising police in respect of their investigation and will bring the offender to justice".

He said as a hate crime, the "horrific alleged racist acid attack will be met with the full force of the law".

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