Man attacked with chemical in Market Drayton town centre

By Rob Smith | Market Drayton | Crime | Published:

A man was taken to hospital after having a chemical thrown in his face, and roads in a town centre were closed for hours.

West Mercia Police dealt with the incident

At about 3.45pm yesterday emergency services received a call to Shropshire Street in Market Drayton, where a man had reportedly been attacked with ammonia.

Several fire crews, a hazardous materials expert and at least five police cars attended the scene, and Shropshire Street and nearby alleyways were cordoned off.

A spokesman for the town's fire crews said: "On arrival the crew immediately began providing trauma care to an adult male, until the arrival of the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

"Once in attendance paramedics took over the care of the casualty, with them being transported to hospital for further medical attention.

"Due to the potential for the incident to escalate, the incident support unit from Market Drayton and the rescue pump from Hodnet were also mobilised to the scene.

"A number of road closures and cordons were put in place, these were established to maintain the safety of the public, and to allow the emergency services to work unhindered.

"This level of response was appropriate for the level of potential risk, and seriousness of the incident.

"We can confirm that after several hours the incident was brought to a safe and successful conclusion, without any injuries to any other persons.


"We would like to thank local residents, businesses, members of the public and road users, for their understanding and patience whilst the emergency services worked at the scene.

"Due to the sensitive nature of the incident we are unable to give any further details."

Rob Smith

By Rob Smith

Senior reporter for the Shropshire Star based at Ketley in Telford.


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