Chemical attack on Welwyn Garden City pubgoers

PUBLISHED: 12:34 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 12:43 23 September 2016

The Two Willows pub, in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City

The Two Willows pub, in Howardsgate, Welwyn Garden City


Two men were injured after a hazardous chemical liquid was sprayed in their faces outside a Welwyn Garden City town centre pub.

At around 11.30pm on Friday, September 16, a row broke out between four men in The Two Willows, in Howardsgate.

The argument then escalated as the men left the pub, before a chemical, believed to be ammonia, was sprayed into the victims’ faces.

A police spokeswoman said: “One of the offenders ran out the front of the pub.

“The second walked out and went to a silver car which had pulled up.

“He pulled out a bottle from the passenger side of the car and ran over to the front of the public house where both victims were standing and sprayed a substance in both victims’ faces.

“This caused reddening to their eyes. One suffered swollen lips also.

“The offenders then left the scene in the silver car.”

The victims were aged 32 and 33.

One of the offenders was white, wearing a white top, black man bag and light coloured jeans. The other was black and wearing a black baseball cap, black top, black jeans and black shoes.

An ambulance spokesman said: “We received a call at 11.34pm.

“We dispatched a rapid response vehicle and ambulance crew, but were stood down en route as the police were happy to deal with the incident.”

A spokesperson for the pub said: “An incident took place outside The Two Willows which is being investigated by the police and we have assisted with providing the CCTV coverage from the exterior of the pub on the night in question.”

Anyone who witnessed what happened or who has information which could assist the investigation should call the Herts Police non-emergency number 101 quoting crime reference number B1/16/3226.

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