'Bleach' thrown in Blackpool head teacher's face

A substance thought to be bleach has been thrown in the face of a Blackpool school head teacher.

Jim Keefe, head of Arnold School, answered the door at his house in Broadway at 07:00 GMT on Tuesday when the substance was thrown at him.

Mr Keefe was taken to hospital for treatment but has since been released.

Lancashire police said they would not speculate on whether the assault was linked to the school's merger with King Edward VII and Queen Mary School.

A police spokesman said: "We are treating this very seriously. At the moment we cannot confirm if the offender is male or female or any other details.

"We are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward."

A spokesman for Arnold School said: "Mr Keefe is back working at home and, as you would expect, normal school life has continued."

Parents of pupils at both private schools raised concerns about the move as numerous Facebook campaign groups against the amalgamation were set up.

The Charity Commission was called in to look at the objections and ruled on Friday that the proposed Arnold KEQMS School - with Mr Keefe as head - would open in September 2012.

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