Edinburgh woman seriously injured after doorstep 'acid' attack

Damien Gayle
Police outside the Edinburgh property where the attack took place. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA

A woman is in hospital with serious burns after opening the door to a masked attacker who threw a corrosive substance in her face.

The 37-year-old victim was attacked on the doorstep of a property in Captain’s Road, in the southern suburbs of Edinburgh, at about 8.40pm on Friday.

Police Scotland said they believe it was a targeted attack and appealed for information to help identify the person responsible.

The suspect was described as a male in his early 20s, 5ft 11in tall with a slim build, who was wearing a dark, hooded tracksuit. His face was covered and he was also wearing dark gloves and dark trainers with light reflective sections.

No details of the type of substance involved were released.

DI Stevie Rosie said: “We are still working to establish the motive surrounding this attack. However, we believe this to be a targeted attack. Police are supporting the victim, who has sustained some very serious injuries to her face and neck.

“Anyone who recognises him, or who has any other information relevant to this investigation, should contact police immediately.”