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Corrosive substance not used in Walsall robbery, police confirm

Police investigating reports that an acidic substance was thrown at a man in Bloxwich High Street last night (Sunday 30 Sept) have confirmed the liquid was not corrosive.

The victim was sat in his car just before 7pm when he was approached by a man who threw liquid in his face.

He was taken to hospital but has since been discharged having suffered no long-standing injuries.

Detectives have now reviewed CCTV footage and suspect the liquid was thrown as a tactic designed to distract the man while his lap-top was swiped from the passenger seat.

The offender is believed to have escaped in a blue saloon car driven by another man and officers are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Sergeant Matt Slattery, from Force CID, said: “Although tests are still being carried out on the substance we are now confident it was non-corrosive. We believe it was used as a distraction for the robbery.

“We fully appreciate how distressing this was for the victim and we are determined to find whoever was responsible for this robbery.”

Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime quoting log number 2177 of 30/9 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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