Wolverhampton man arrested as boy, three, is injured in suspected acid attack

By Jack Averty | Wolverhampton | News | Published: | Last Updated:

A man from the Black Country has been arrested after a three-year-old boy was left seriously injured in a suspected acid attack.

The 39-year-old man, from Wolverhampton, has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm after yesterday's attack in Worcester.

He remains in custody and the toddler was in hospital being treated for serious burns to his arm and face. He has since been released but police say the long-term implications of his injuries are unknown.

Police are hoping to trace three men, pictured, after the attack at Home Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park, Tallow Hill, Worcester, around 2.15pm yesterday.

Police want to speak to the men pictured

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: "At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.

"The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

"At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.

"The three men in the photo may have information vital to our investigation. I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency."

Anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries should call 999 quoting incident 442s of July 21. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Jack Averty

By Jack Averty
Senior Reporter - @javerty_star

Reporter with the Express & Star, based at head office in Wolverhampton

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