Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Acid attack in Yateley injures teenage boy

A teenager suffered "horrendous injuries" in an acid attack in Hampshire, police said.

The 16-year-old was walking in a wood in Yateley, near Farnborough, on 9 January when a man threw acid at him.

Hampshire Constabulary said it was not believed to be a random attack. The boy is being treated at a specialist hospital in London.

A 46-year-old man from Yateley and a 33-year-old man from Farnborough have been arrested and released on bail.

Acting Det Ch Insp Darren Barrett said: "This was a terrifying attack which has left the victim with horrendous injuries.

"He is currently receiving specialist treatment in hospital and his family are at his bedside.

"This is not believed to have been a random attack.

"I would appeal to the local community to think hard about anything they might know or have heard about this incident and to contact my team with any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem.

"I am aware that there has been lots of information being exchanged over social media sites and would be keen to hear from anyone who has seen or received such information."

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