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Toxic spray attack at cash point

TOXIC chemicals were sprayed into the eyes of a man as he withdrew £500 from a cashpoint in Hounslow.

The man had been outside the Abbey National in Manor Avenue at around 7.10pm on Tuesday January 13, when the attack occurred.

As he was getting money out of the machine, he noticed there was a dark Hatchback' style car parked nearby with two white men inside. While using the cash point, he saw that one of the men got out of the car but kept on talking to the other man, in what the victim believed to be a foreign language.

Just as the 24-year-old withdrew his cash and went to put it in his wallet, he felt a tap on his shoulder. He turned round and was sprayed in the face with an unknown toxic substance, temporarily blinding him. His attacker then jumped back in the car and the thieves made their getaway.

They got away with £500 cash, a wallet worth £10 and two credit cards. The first suspect was described as a 35 year old male possibly of Eastern European appearance, around 6ft tall with collar length black hair, while the second, who never got out of the car, was only described as possibly male.

The victim was taken to the West Middlesex Hospital to have his injuries attended to, but should not sustain any long term injuries, according to police. Information to crimedesk on 020 8247 6118.

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