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Truro acid attack victim Andreas Christopheros in burns unit

Andreas Christopheros
Image caption Andreas Christopheros is critically ill after an acid attack

A man who had acid thrown in his face outside his home has been moved to a specialist burns unit.

Businessman Andreas Christopheros, 29, was being treated for "life-threatening facial injuries" at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Police are not saying where he has been moved to "for the victim's safety".

Mr Christopheros was critically injured in the attack on his doorstep at Carrine Road, Truro at 16:00 GMT on Tuesday.

'Praying for Andreas'

Police are searching for a red Peugeot van seen in the area around the time of the attack which is being treated as attempted murder.

Friends of Mr Christopheros say they cannot understand why he was targeted.

He organises the Run To The Sun (RTTS) custom car event, which attracts about 100,000 car fans every year to Newquay, and owns a large number of properties in Newquay.

Miriam Collins wrote on Facebook: "My thoughts are with the entire family, who I have known a long time and [I am] praying for Andreas to recover well."

Laura Ryan wrote: "I can't believe this has happened on a road where I used to live and to someone I used to work with. Thoughts are with his family."

Image caption Run To The Sun started in 1987 and attracts about 100,000 music and car fans to Newquay
Image caption The custom car show is a central feature of the Run To The Sun festival
Image caption Mr Christopheros has a large number of properties in Newquay
Image caption Officers have been carrying out house-to-house enquiries

Mr Christopheros, who lives with his wife Pia and 18-month-old son Theo in Truro, is listed as a director of nine companies, including ASC Property Management which has its address as his home.

He is also a director of Cranstar Property Management in Newquay, and of RTTS.

Former colleague Eric Thomas said Mr Christopheros had a "large property portfolio which he manages very professionally".

Mr Thomas, who also worked with him on Run To The Sun, called him a "very pleasant young man" with good contacts in the music business.

Mr Christopheros is also a director of Chase 3000, a car rally across Europe planned for 2015.

No-one was available for comment from Chase 3000.

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