A MAN sprayed an "unknown substance" at three women at a B&M store in Prescot.

The women, one of which was a customer and the others are staff at B&M Bargains on Cables Retail Park, were attacked on Monday and yesterday Tuesday, morning.

Officers were called at 10.25am on Monday, October 7 to reports that a 26-year-old customer had been sprayed to the back with an unknown liquid.

The woman was not injured and following examination, no evidence of contaminants were found.

It was reported that the same man returned to the store and sprayed two members of staff.

One was sprayed on their jacket and the second on their trousers.

There were no reported injuries.

When challenged, the man claimed it was glue and enquiries are ongoing to confirm what the substance is, and identify the offender.

An investigation is underway into both incidents and CCTV enquiries are being carried out in the area.

Detective Inspector Tony O’Brien said: “These were unprovoked attacks on three people and enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances.

"The investigation is in the very early stages and we are working to determine what the liquid is but at this stage, it is not thought to be a corrosive substance.

“I would appeal to anyone who was in the vicinity of Cables Retail Park and may have witnessed the incident, or a man matching the description to please contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police social media desk via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC. You can also call 101 quoting incident reference 19100579550 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.