Police yet to identify liquid used in attack

The waterside pathway in Jedburgh near Duck Row and the Exchange Street underpass.
The waterside pathway in Jedburgh near Duck Row and the Exchange Street underpass.

An unknown liquid thrown at a 27-year-old man during an attack in Jedburgh earlier this month is still to be identified.

While police have confirmed it was not a corrosive substance used in the attack near Duck Row on Tuesday, July 17, they are still working to find out exactly what it was.

Police at the scene.

Police at the scene.

A police spokesman this week said: “No arrest has been made, and whatever the substance was is still to be ascertained.”

The man was taken to hospital for treatment but released the same day, and witnesses are still being sought.

The incident happened at around 6.45am on a pathway known as the waterside walkway which runs adjacent to the A68 next to the River Jed.

The victim was walking south was approached by a man who assaulted him by throwing an unknown liquid in his face.

Detective sergeant Callum Peoples from Galashiels CID said: “This was a frightening experience for the victim who was thankfully not seriously injured as a result.

“We know that the liquid was not a corrosive substance, however, inquiries remain ongoing to establish what it contained.”

The waterside path was closed off for almost five hours this morning while police officers and dogs investigated the attack.

Anyone with information can contact Galashiels CID via 101, quoting incident number 0566 of July 17, or report this anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Read the background story here: https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/crime/witnesses-sought-after-unknown-substance-used-in-jedburgh-assault-1-4770054