Police are investigating after a homeless woman sat outside a south Liverpool shop was covered in paint in a shocking attack.
The horrific incident happened on Saturday evening outside the Tesco Metro store on Aigburth Road in the St Michael’s area of south Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo. The woman, who is believed to be homeless, was sat on the floor outside the store at around 5.30pm when police said a man came past and threw paint over her. Eye-witnesses have described the ‘disgusting’ attack and said that because it involved gloss paint it was hard to remove.
Shelley Freeman arrived at Tesco just moments after the assault and saw the woman in a very distressed state. She said: “She was shaking, she said at first she thought it was acid that had been thrown over her. But it was white gloss paint and it was all over her head and face and clothes – what a disgusting thing to do. She was completely covered in it, I felt so sorry for her. Because it was gloss paint it wasn’t coming off her, there were lots of people trying to help and a lady from Tesco took her inside the shop to help get her cleaned up.”
Ms Freeman was so angry about the attack that she posted about it in a local Facebook group to see if anyone could identify who had carried it out. She said the response from local people was amazing. She said: “My phone did not stop going off because so many people were getting in touch to offer help to the woman.” Local people brought clean clothes, coats and food for the woman to help her recover. White paint remains splattered on the floor outside the spot where the woman regularly sits.
Merseyside Police has begun an investigation into the incident and CCTV and witness enquiries are in the process of being carried out – with anyone who may have information urged to come forward. Community policing Inspector Dave Uren said: “This was a shocking incident to have taken place. I would urge anyone who was in the area who saw what happened or can assist our investigation to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to DM @MerPolCC or @CrimestoppersUK on 0800 555 111 quoting reference 21000297748.