Man taken to hospital following ammonia attack at Greggs in Longbenton

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A police investigation is underway following an ammonia attack in Longbenton.

Officers from Northumbria Police were called to Greggs, at the Boulevard Shopping Centre in Longbenton, just before 7am on Monday, August 14, following reports of an assault.

It is understood that a man had entered the shop and squirted ammonia in the face of another man before leaving the scene.

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The incident happened inside Greggs at the Boulevard Shopping Centre. Photo: NationalWorld.The incident happened inside Greggs at the Boulevard Shopping Centre. Photo: NationalWorld.
The incident happened inside Greggs at the Boulevard Shopping Centre. Photo: NationalWorld. | NationalWorld

The victim was taken to hospital for treatment and was later discharged.

An investigation is underway and officers are asking anyone with information relating to the incident to come forward and speak to them.

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A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: “Shortly before 7am yesterday (Monday), we received a report of an assault inside a shop at the Boulevard Shopping Centre, in Longbenton.

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“It was reported that the male victim had ammonia squirted in his face by another male.

“The offender then left the scene.

“The victim was taken to hospital for treatment of his injuries which were believed to be non-life threatening and was later discharged.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should use the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of our website or call 101, quoting log number NP-20230814-0169.”

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) were initially called to the incident but were stood down by police officers soon after.

A NEAS spokesperson commented: “We were called to a man injured at Boulevard Shopping Centre in Longbenton shortly before 7am yesterday morning (14 August).

“However, we were stood down by police.”