Edinburgh acid attack victim tells of ‘worst day of my life’

Police outside acid attack house
Image caption Teresa Townsley was attacked as she answered the door in Captain’s Road in Edinburgh

The victim of a doorstep acid attack mentioned she has been scarred for all times and barely steps out of the home as she appealed for info one yr on.

Teresa Townsley, 38, had corrosive liquid thrown at her when she opened the door of her Edinburgh residence to a hooded man on 9 November 2018.

He is described as being in his early 20s and fled the scene in a stolen car.

Ms Townsley mentioned her burns meant it was arduous to look within the mirror and urged anybody with info to name police.

The attack occurred on Captains Road within the south east of the town at about 20:40 whereas Ms Townsley was at residence with her younger kids.

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Image caption Police mentioned the attacker fled the scene in a gray Ford Fiesta

She has since moved away from Edinburgh, however mentioned in an announcement on the anniversary of the attack: “It was the worst day of my life and as we speak is the second worst because it brings all of it again.

“Fortunately I’ve a brand new associate who’s being tremendously supportive and I’ve my youngsters to maintain me going.

“But, day to day it is still hard, it is hard just to go out of the house, to look in the mirror. Most of the time I am confined to the house.”

Ms Townsley pleaded for anybody who is aware of something to return ahead.

She added: “I’m scarred for all times and coming ahead with info may stop another person struggling as I’ve.

“It could even stop somebody dropping their life.”

False quantity plates

The suspect is described as being about 5ft 11in, slim and was sporting a darkish tracksuit, a gray high with the hood pulled up.

He was additionally sporting darkish gloves and trainers with mild reflective sections.

His face was coated.

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Image caption The Fiesta had false quantity plates displaying the registration quantity BN65 LFV

The man left the scene in a stolen gray Ford Fiesta with false quantity plates displaying the registration quantity BN65 LFV.

The car was seen at about 21:45 travelling north in Drum Street with its lights off.

It then went down Gilmerton Road, into Glenallan Drive and was pushed into Inch Park the place it was set on fireplace.

Two males had been seen to run off in direction of Glenallan Drive.

Det Insp Jonathan Pleasance mentioned: “The attacker focused Teresa at her entrance door whereas her younger kids had been just some toes away.

“This severe assault resulted in life-changing accidents and likewise shocked the local people.

“If you recognise the person described or noticed the car, earlier than or after the attack, please contact police instantly.

“I am confident that there are people in the Gilmerton area who have information that can assist the inquiry and I would urge them to come forward.”

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