Officers have described how a Wolverhampton shop worker was lucky to escape serious injury after a customer sprayed bleach into her eyes and poured the remaining liquid over her head.
The 24-year-old suffered burning and reddening to her eyes and body following the incident on Friday January 5 at the Poundland store in Wulfrun Square, shortly after 2.45pm.
Officers are now treating the deliberate act as a serious assault and are asking for the public’s help to identify the suspect.
“Our investigations so far suggest that the incident occurred as the woman, who was working in the store at the time of the attack, requested that the man re-join his correct place in the queue after appearing to push to the front," said Detective Constable David Firth.
“Had it not been for the quick thinking of her colleagues her injuries could have been a lot worse. They encouraged her to remove her damaged clothing and rinse the affected areas of skin.
“While her physical injuries will heal, we are certainly not underestimating the psychological impact this incident has had."
As part of their investigations officers have released an image of a man they would like to speak to. He is described as a white man, with short dark hair and stubble. He was believed to be approximately 5ft 6ins tall and slim.
Anyone who recognises the man is advised to contact DC David Firth from Force CID by calling 101 ext 871 3123.
Alternatively you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote crime reference 20WV/3678V/18.