Officers are appealing for information and footage from the public after a woman had an unknown substance thrown into her face in Widnes.
The victim, a 55-year-old from the town, was walking her dog along a footpath behind Cunningham Road at around 9.30am on Saturday 6 July when the incident occurred.
The liquid, which covered the victim from her hair all the way down to her waist, was thrown by a stranger riding a bicycle.
The man then told her ‘next time it will be acid’ before riding off.
The incident left the victim with mild pain and discomfort and reddening to her skin.
After washing the liquid off her face with water she went to hospital as a precaution. She was discharged on the same day.
Enquiries in relation the incident are ongoing and officers are urging anyone with any information or footage that may aid their investigation to come forward.
Police Constable Tom Lloyd, of Widnes Local Policing Unit, said: “Thankfully the victim did not sustain any serious injuries, but this was a frightening incident that has understandably left her extremely shaken up.
“I would like to reassure residents that it is believed to have been an isolated incident.
“I would also like to reassure them that we have stepped up patrols in the area and we are doing all that we can to establish the identity of the offender and make him face the consequences of his actions.
“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone who was in the area and witnessed anything that may be relevant to our investigation is urged to get in touch with the team here at Widnes Police Station.
“The same goes for anyone who believes that they may know who the offender is or have CCTV or dashcam footage of him.”
Anyone with information or CCTV footage that may help the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 448201, give the details via https://cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Dashcam footage can be submitted online at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage.