Detectives are appealing for witnesses after a man suffered serious burns in Waltham Abbey yesterday.
The incident happened shortly before 8am in Waltham Abbey Gardens. A 31-year-old local man was walking through the gardens when he was approached by a group of men. He had an unidentified substance thrown over him which was then ignited.
The men left the scene and the victim was taken to a friend’s house nearby where an ambulance was called.
The victim was taken to hospital and he is receiving treatment for serious burns.
DI Jim Adams is leading the investigation. He said: “This is a fast moving investigation and the motive for this assault has not yet been established.
“We are making extensive enquiries in the area to find out exactly where and why this assault happened. The suspects are described as being of Turkish appearance.”
He added: “I would urge any witnesses to the incident or anybody who noticed any suspicious activity in the area around the time to contact my team as soon as possible.”
Anybody that can help is asked to contact Loughton CID on Essex Police 101.
People can also give information to the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via an Anonymous Online Form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org