Woman sprayed in face with liquid

A WOMAN was sprayed in the face with corrosive liquid after stopping to help a car driver with directions.

Police are appealing for information after the 52-year-old was left with a swollen face after the incident.

The victim had been walking along Scale Hall Lane, Lancaster, and was near to the bus stop on the opposite side of the road from Spar at 9.50pm on Monday, August 9, when two men in a silver car pulled up and asked for directions.

As the woman bent down to speak to them, one of the men pointed a water pistol at her and then squirted her in the face with it, before driving off.

It is believed the water pistol contained a corrosive liquid and the woman attended Royal Lancaster Infirmary for treatment.

One of the men was described as white, with short dark hair, aged 20 to 23 and speaking with a local accent.

PC Sally Ward, Lancaster Police, said: "These men have driven away laughing, leaving the victim in a state of discomfort and needing to go to hospital.

"I would urge anyone with information to get in touch with us."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 01524 63333 quoting log ref LC-20100809-1770.