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A man suffered burns after two men threw a liquid into his face.

At around 4.45pm on Monday 9 September 2013, the victim was walking along Leesbrook Nature bridle path near to Wellyhole Street in Oldham when he was approached by two youths.

One of them asked him for a light for a cigarette. As he was lighting their cigarette the other sprayed a liquid into his face which burned his skin. He fell to the ground and the youths walked away.

The victim, a 41-year-old man, was taken to hospital with minor chemical
One of the offenders is described as an Asian man, about 16-years-old, 5ft 4in tall and skinny. He has short black hair, shaved lines in his left eyebrow and a thin line of hair along his jawline. He was wearing a black tracksuit top with a red stripe down the arms, charcoal coloured jeans and had a local accent.

The other offender is described as an Asian man, about 17-years-old, 5ft 7in tall and skinny. He has black hair, thick bushy eyebrows and a hooked nose. He was wearing a brown scarf, a black zip-up tracksuit top with a silver badge and black jeans.

Police are appealing for information.

Detective Constable Andrew Swettenham said: “It is not yet known what the substance was but it began burning his skin immediately. Fortunately he wasn’t badly injured but we are treating this attack seriously.

“We are keen to speak to anyone who was walking along the Leesbrook Nature bridle path that afternoon who may have seen the incident or who may have information about who is involved.”

Anyone with information should call Oldham Integrated Neighbourhood Policing Team on 0161 856 8982 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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