A MAN in his 20’s was stabbed and had a “household substance” thrown in his face tonight outside a busy Liverpool hospital.
Police report that the ‘clearly serious’ ‘targeted attack’ happened at 6.30pm in Inglis Road, Walton, less than a mile from Aintree University Hospital in Fazakerley, Liverpool.
The hospital was in lockdown for over two hours while police and medics assessed whether the substance was a public risk while the victim was treated.
Emergency services dashed to nearby Walton after the stabbing and the hospital. Specialists were also seen dressed in hazmat suits outside the hospital.
According to The Liverpool Echo the cordon has since been lifted.
Police said: “Medical staff have now confirmed that the substance does not present any wider risk to others. It is initially assessed as being a household substance, which has caused the victim a minor facial injury.”
A Merseyside Police statement said: “These are the early stages of our investigation into what appears to be a targeted attack.
“The victim was taken to Aintree Hospital for assessment of his injuries and to establish the nature of the substance.
“A cordon is in place at the scene of the assault as detectives conduct house-to-house, forensic and CCTV inquiries.
“This is clearly a serious assault and our focus is now on establishing the exact circumstances to bring those responsible to justice.”
Police later confirmed that the man’s injuries are serious but not life-threatening.
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