Cops hunt female suspect seen shopping in Sainsbury's with blue bag after noxious substance thrown in woman's face

COPS are hunting a female after acid was thrown in a woman's face in Brighton – releasing footage of the suspect shopping in Sainsbury's.

A woman, in her 20s, was rushed to hospital after a noxious substance was thrown in her face in a doorway in Steine Garden at 4pm yesterday.

She was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital in a serious condition after the horrific attack, Sussex Police said.

And cops have now released CCTV footage from a Sainsbury's store showing the suspect believed to be involved in the incident – described by witnesses as a 5'6" black woman.

The clip shows the suspect carrying a plastic container and picking up what appears to be a pot of fruit from a shelf.

She is wearing an orange jumper, light blue jeans, white trainers, and a blue rucksack.

The woman is also wearing a face visor and a pair of glasses underneath.

Sussex Police said officers are carrying out a number of "fast-time enquiries" to find the suspect.

Cops have also urged any witnesses to come forward and speak to officers.

Brighton and Hove Chief Inspector Nick Dias said: "Our officers continue to work tirelessly to identify the suspect in relation to this matter and ensure an arrest is made.

"We need your help in identifying the person in the footage, do you recognise them?

"We believe the suspect fled towards Princes Street, Brighton, and then towards the seafront.

"We are urging anyone who witnessed someone acting suspiciously in this area between the hours of 3pm and 5pm on Thursday to make contact with us.

"Patrols continue to be stepped up in the city, please do come and talk to one of us if you have any information or concerns."

  • Anyone with information is asked to report it online or call 101 quoting Operation Overstone.

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