The Stow area sealed off after a number sprayed with toxic substance

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2200 hrs

Essex Police statement:

“We are appealing for information about a disturbance in which two teenagers were sprayed in the face with an unknown substance.

The victims were involved in a verbal argument with two men outside Essex Pizza in The Stow, Harlow, at around 7.30pm today, Saturday April 14.

One of the men was then reported to have sprayed an unknown substance in their faces.

The substance also affected a number of people who were in the area at the time but not involved in the incident.

They were treated at the scene by paramedics and no-one was reported to be seriously injured.

An area of The Stow was cordoned off while forensic examination work was carried out.

Enquiries are ongoing to locate the suspects. One of the men was described as white, aged between about 35 and 45 and of a stocky build. He had blond wavy hair, was about 5ft 8ins tall and wore a green jacket.

We want to speak to anyone who saw what happened or has any information that could assist with our investigation.

Contact Harlow CID on 101 quoting incident number 1038 of April 14.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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Statement from Essex Fire and Rescue

Firefighters were called to assist at the scene of an incident in Harlow this evening (Saturday 14 April).

An unknown substance was sprayed into the face of two teenagers outside a pizza shop. The substance also affected a number of people nearby who were not directly involved in the incident. The people affected were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

Specialist trained fire officers and the fire service’s DIM Unit (Detection, Identification and Monitoring – equipment to help identify substances) were sent to the incident to assist.

2130 hrs

ALL the emergency services are in attendance at The Stow in Harlow.

A large number of police, ambulance and fire units are at the bays area of The Stow.

The Fire Service look like they may be at incident for a while and have set up an incident log.

The food outlets have been sealed off and staff have been removed from the area.

We have contacted Essex Police for more details.

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