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Neighbours tell of acid attack horror

The Argus: Lyon Close. Picture taken from Google Streetview. Lyon Close. Picture taken from Google Streetview.

Witnesses told of their terror as a man screamed “my face is melting off” after acid was thrown over him.

The man, named locally as 22-year-old Jack Grimshaw, was targeted outside his home in Lyon Close, Crawley, at 7.10pm on Tuesday.

It is believed a gang which fled in a car could have lain in wait for Mr Grimshaw before he returned home.

Police yesterday continued to hunt for two men wearing high-visibility jackets who poured the substance over Mr Grimshaw before they fled in a Vauxhall Astra Van along nearby Harper Drive.

Yesterday afternoon Mr Grimshaw, who friends said had attended Hazelwick School in Crawley and was described as being a talented youth footballer, was discharged from the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton.

One neighbour told how her flatmate saw the man on the floor and called 999 when she heard his screams.

The 20-year-old, who asked not to be named, continued: “She said he was screaming, ‘my face is melting off’.

“I think the acid was on his face and hands.”

Yasar Koksar, 46, who lives in Lyon Court, had just returned home when the incident happened.

He said: “There were lots of police and a man was being treated by paramedics in an ambulance. I can’t believe it.”

Sarah Giles, 24, was at home in Lyon Court with her children. She said: “I heard a lot of screaming.”

Sussex Police confirmed the incident was being treated as an acid attack.

A spokesman said: “He attacked by two men and had the chemical poured over his face and hands.”

Detective Sergeant Dave Morton added: “We are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the incident or who may have seen two black men wearing hi-viz tops in a white Vauxhall Astra van in the area before or after the attack.

“The motive for this attack is still being investigated but we are confident it was targeted and can reassure the public that it was not random.”

Call police on 101 or email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk quoting Operation Orlop.

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7:48am Thu 10 Apr 14

hoveguyactually says...

In this horrible situation, is there any kind of First Aid one can give to a victim before the paramedics arrive?
In this horrible situation, is there any kind of First Aid one can give to a victim before the paramedics arrive? hoveguyactually
  • Score: 5

9:52am Thu 10 Apr 14

Anna Roberts says...

I believe neighbours poured water over him, but I don't know if this is the right thing to do. I think it helped when two girls were attacked in Africa. But the water must be clean.
I believe neighbours poured water over him, but I don't know if this is the right thing to do. I think it helped when two girls were attacked in Africa. But the water must be clean. Anna Roberts
  • Score: 4

12:25pm Thu 10 Apr 14

stanfordsteve says...

Yes, basically flood the affected area of skin and eyes with copious amounts of water and keep it flowing until the emergency services take over. Getting water to flow over the eye area may be difficult but very necessary. Someone in pain may well be struggling and very distressed, so try to calm him or her whilst keeping up the flow of water. Obviously, clean water is better, but some is better than none.
Yes, basically flood the affected area of skin and eyes with copious amounts of water and keep it flowing until the emergency services take over. Getting water to flow over the eye area may be difficult but very necessary. Someone in pain may well be struggling and very distressed, so try to calm him or her whilst keeping up the flow of water. Obviously, clean water is better, but some is better than none. stanfordsteve
  • Score: 3

1:54pm Thu 10 Apr 14

getThisCoalitionOut says...

It's horrific that this type of crime is happening in the UK and quite shameful. What on earth would make someone even consider doing this to another person?
It's horrific that this type of crime is happening in the UK and quite shameful. What on earth would make someone even consider doing this to another person? getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 5

12:01am Fri 11 Apr 14

Rita Snatch says...

It doesn't matter what the fluid is when you treat someone with chemical/acid burns IN A FIRST AID SITUATION ... as long as it is fluid which won't cause any additional problems and is not hot. With acid the aim is to dilute quickly and prevent any diluted acid getting into the eyes, ears, nose, mouth. Pour over the area so that it flows away from undamaged areas. If the eyes HAVE been affected then you pour copious amounts of cool/cold fluid into and over the eye - making sure that it doesn't flow into the other unaffected eye..

Fluids suitable in a FIRST AID situation could be:-
Pints of beer, coca cola, lemonade, cold tea, cold coffee, pints of milk, seawater.... The best thing to use is obviously cold tap water, but chemical/acid/alkali
ne burns can occur anywhere and not always conveniently close to a cold water tap with a cup or bowl handy.

Use clean cold water as soon as it is available - if you have used other liquids in an emergency.

Any CLOTHING soaked in chemicals/acids/alka
line substances MUST NEVER BE REMOVED - because you will SPREAD the toxic substance to other unaffected parts of the body. Soak the clothing and therefore dilute the substance so that it doesn't spread the toxic substance and create worse injuries. Also remember that removing the clothing will also make your hands touch the acid etc and cause injuries to yourself (with life-changing scarring occurring).

It doesn't matter what the fluid is when you treat someone with chemical/acid burns IN A FIRST AID SITUATION ... as long as it is fluid which won't cause any additional problems and is not hot. With acid the aim is to dilute quickly and prevent any diluted acid getting into the eyes, ears, nose, mouth. Pour over the area so that it flows away from undamaged areas. If the eyes HAVE been affected then you pour copious amounts of cool/cold fluid into and over the eye - making sure that it doesn't flow into the other unaffected eye.. Fluids suitable in a FIRST AID situation could be:- Pints of beer, coca cola, lemonade, cold tea, cold coffee, pints of milk, seawater.... The best thing to use is obviously cold tap water, but chemical/acid/alkali ne burns can occur anywhere and not always conveniently close to a cold water tap with a cup or bowl handy. Use clean cold water as soon as it is available - if you have used other liquids in an emergency. Any CLOTHING soaked in chemicals/acids/alka line substances MUST NEVER BE REMOVED - because you will SPREAD the toxic substance to other unaffected parts of the body. Soak the clothing and therefore dilute the substance so that it doesn't spread the toxic substance and create worse injuries. Also remember that removing the clothing will also make your hands touch the acid etc and cause injuries to yourself (with life-changing scarring occurring). [Written as a life long Nurse and First Aid specialist] Rita Snatch
  • Score: 2

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