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Bleach thrown at pregnant woman
Sunday 23rd April 2017 @ 16:26 by Nigel Skinner
Ashton Denton & Audenshaw Droylsden Gorton & Openshaw News

A pregnant woman is one of two pedestrians recovering after having bleach thrown into their eyes by a passenger in a car.

Police say a man and the woman were lucky to escape suffering potentially ‘catastrophic’ injuries in the attack.

Inspector Cherie Dunn from GMP’s City of Manchester division said: “Attacks of this kind are incredibly rare in Greater Manchester, but we have heard about similar attacks in the media.

“Anyone thinking that throwing bleach at people is funny or that a crime like this does not have consequences couldn’t be more wrong.

“The victim’s here were lucky. Bleach attacks could have had catastrophic consequences. We are treating this incredibly seriously.

“We could easily have been dealing with life changing injuries. Not only that, the woman is pregnant, the worst case scenario does not bare thinking about.”

The attack happened at around 8.10pm on Friday, April 22, as the man and a woman were walking near to the Aldi store on Ashton Old Road in Openshaw.

Someone passing in a car threw the bleach at the pair which hit them in the eyes and caused severe discomfort, however, luckily it is not believed there will be any lasting damage to their eyesight.

The car was travelling towards Audenshaw.

Shortly after this incident, at 8.30pm, police received another report that a passenger in a silver Ford Fiesta had thrown bleach at another man walking along Ashton Old Road.

The man had witnessed an egg being thrown at another pedestrian by the person in the car shortly before.

The bleach was thrown at the man’s back. Luckily he sustained no injuries, however his clothing was stained.

Insp Cherie Dunn added: “I am so thankful that none of the victims of these senseless attacks have been seriously injured.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who knows anything about these incidents as soon as possible.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 0161 856 3521 alternatively call 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.