Area cordoned off after “toxic substance” attack in Grays

Statement from Essex Police

“Officers are appealing for witnesses after an assault took place in Cromwell Road, Grays.

We were called just before 6.10pm on Friday, June 29, to reports that a man in his 20s had been attacked by a group of three or four men.

The victim was stabbed, beaten and had an unknown substance thrown in his face. He has since been taken to hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

The men then left the scene in a grey Mercedes, driving via Orsett Road.

“We are treating this as a targeted and isolated assault.

If anyone was in the area at the time and saw this occur, or has any CCTV or dashcam footage, please call 101 and quote incident number 1154 of 29/06.

You can also contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at


EMERGENCY services descended on a beauty salon in Grays town centre this evening following an incident which appears to have been an attack involving a toxic substance reports the Thurrock Independent.

The drama broke out around 6.30pm on Cromwell Road, Grays – which has now been cordoned off.

It appears the incident happened at the recently opened Locks of Love salon which an eye-witness said a man ran into after something was thrown in his face.

Police officers at the scene have declined to give out any information, though detectives are in charge of the incident. Two officers from the police forensic unit arrived at the scene and donned protective clothing.

The eye-witness, who did not wish to be named, said: “I I was walking along Orsett Road and heard a lot of screaming. I looked over and a man ran into the building and they locked the door.

“People then started washing his face. It seems it was some sort of acid attack.”

Two fire engines, two ambulances and five police cars were in attendance, though the firefighters and ambulance crews have now left the scene.

One of the ambulances took the victim of the attack away after he initially received treatment at the scene.

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