August 16, 2014
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A young woman was seen crying out to strangers for help after being targeted in an ‘acid attack’ as she stood at a bus stop.
The victim, believed to be 22, suffered ‘horrendous’ injuries after the corrosive liquid was thrown in her face in Lowestoft, Suffolk.
Witnesses said the victim ran across the road, desperately screaming for her mother, as the acid-like substance burned into her skin and hair.
The woman also begged for strangers to bring her water while screaming ‘all my face is burning’.
The victim was taken to the James Paget Hospital at Gorleston near Great Yarmouth, Norfolk and was expected to be moved to a specialist burn unit.
Police say the victim is believed to have suffered ‘life-changing injuries’ to her face and neck.
The attack, which took place on London Road South at 8.20am on Thursday, was caught on CCTV camera installed at a nearby pub.
A 38-year-old man was arrested in Lowestoft on suspicion of assault two hours after the incident.
A second man, 25, was arrested on Friday afternoon on suspicion of conspiring to commit grievous bodily harm. Both men are being questionned at Great Yarmouth Police Investigation Centre.
Officers were last night unable to confirm or deny whether or not the attacker was known to the victim.
But MailOnline understands it is not being treated as a random attack and that the woman was intentionally targeted.
After the substance was thrown, several residents brought out water from nearby houses to pour over the woman’s head in a desperate bid to wash away the liquid.
Jamie Gregg, 20, said she was asleep when she was woken up by the woman’s screams.
She said: ‘It was really loud. I heard her yelling, ‘Get me water’. I looked out of the window and saw her running across the road away from the bus stop.
‘The poor girl had her head to her side and was holding her shoulder length blonde hair as if she was trying to keep it away from her face.
‘She stopped outside the pub and there were several people trying to help her. Someone yelled out to bring her a chair.
‘I quickly got dressed and ran out with a chair for her and a glass of water while someone else brought out water in a jug.
‘She was calling out for her mum and saying, ‘All my face is burning’ as she splashed the water on her face.
‘It looked like the liquid had gone on the right side of her face. Her injuries were horrendous. Her skin was all pink and peeling off. The ambulance was here within five or ten minutes.’
Miss Gregg’s partner Jamie Silverman, 33, said: ‘She was apparently standing at the bus stop with a couple of elderly people.