Devon

Liquid attack burns Plymouth man's face

A man suffered serious burns when a liquid was thrown in his face by three youths when he refused to give them a cigarette.

The incident happened on Monday afternoon in Hornbrook Gardens, Plymouth, Devon.

The 45-year-old victim is being treated in Derriford Hospital, but he may have to be transferred to a specialist burns unit in Bristol.

Police said the substance was being tested.

Det Insp Mike Cooper told BBC News that it appeared to be alkaline-based liquid.

"This was a serious and very nasty assault which has left a man with potentially life-changing injuries," he said.

"It is essential that we establish exactly what happened and deal with whoever is responsible as quickly as possible."

House-to-house inquiries are being carried out in the Southway area, but anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact police.