A MAN could potentially lose his sight after a substance was thrown at his face by two attackers last night.

The victim was stood by his car on Milton Street, Sutton Manor, when two men in bubble jackets threw the substance at him.

The man suffered breathing difficulties and extreme irritation to his eyes.

He was taken to hospital following the attack, which happened at 9.30pm on Sunday.

Police have confirmed that the substance was a "corrosive liquid" and that the incident is believed to be a "targeted attack".

A police spokesperson said: "Early indications from medical staff are that the victim could potentially lose his sight.

"The offenders are described as being in their mid 20s and white. They were both wearing bubble jackets and were last seen heading towards Jubits Lane."

A police spokesperson added: "We can confirm following  initial tests that the substance thrown was a corrosive liquid and further tests are currently being carried out to establish exactly what the substance is. 

"We also believe this to be a targeted attack."

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An investigation is underway and house-to-house enquiries have been taking place. Detectives will also be examining CCTV footage in a bid to identify the offenders.

Detective Inspector Lisa Ryan said: “This was an unprovoked attack and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances in relation to the incident. The investigation is in the very early stages and we are working to determine what was thrown at the victim.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the area of Milton Street who may have witnessed the incident, or two men in bubble jackets acting suspiciously in the area before or after the incident.”