Dawlish street attack: three arrested

By Ellen Grindley in Crime

THREE people have been arrested in connection with a chemical attack on a Dawlish supermarket manager.

Police say a 34-year-old woman from Sunderland, a 28-year-old man from Sunderland and a 36-year-old man from Dawlish are in custody and will be questioned about Monday afternoon’s incident which left the man, in his 50s, with serious and life-changing injuries.

He is receiving treatment at the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital after he was sprayed in the face with a liquid, thought to be ammonia.

His eyes were burned by the substance and while he has regained some sight in one eye, it is too early to say wha the lasting damage may be.

He is continuing to receive specialist medical treatment and is being supported by his family and police officers.

The Costcutter manager was taking the weekend’s takings to the bank when the incident happened in The Strand.

He was helped in the aftermath by staff at nearby Bills Opticians.

Prayers were said for the victim at the beginning of Dawlish Town Council meeting.

Police are continuing their inquiries, checking CCTV and taking statements from witnesses who were in the area at the time.

They would like to hear from anyone who has any information.

Contact police by calling 101, email 101@dc.police.uk quoting CR/007207.