Man arrested following suspected acid attack in Belfast released on bail

Victim believed to have sustained ‘potentially life-changing injuries’ to face and chest

Police ask for CCTV or dashcam footage and appeal for witnesses to come forward. File photograph: Paul Faith/PA

A 39-year-old man arrested following a suspected acid attack on another man on a Belfast street earlier this week has been released on bail pending further inquiries.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) detective inspector said police received a report on Thursday afternoon that a man sitting on Botanic Avenue, near the city centre, "was approached by a male who threw a liquid onto his face". He then ran off towards Ireton Street.

The victim, who was in his 20s, was taken to hospital for treatment and is believed to have sustained “potentially life-changing injuries” to his face and chest.

It has been reported that the victim was a homeless person.

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The BBC reported sources saying the liquid thrown at him was acid, and that he had suffered burns to his face, neck and chest.

The police have asked for any witnesses, or anyone who was in the area at the time and who may have CCTV or dashcam footage of the attack, to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 947 of 07/04/21.

Freya McClements

Freya McClements

Freya McClements is Northern Editor of The Irish Times