A new safety initiative is set to provide several town centre venues with special kits designed to offer immediate first aid in the event of an acid or other corrosive substance attack.
A joint funding application to the Safer Colchester Partnership’s rolling grants programme by the Police, Colchester Borough Council, SOS Bus and Pubwatch will see 12 portable units delivered to pubs and other busy social venues in the coming weeks.
The treatment kits which are funded by the Safter Colchester Partnership include protective equipment and five-litre bottles of water, will allow staff to give immediate treatment to victims sprayed with acid or other noxious substances.
Participating venues will display information about the treatment kits, which could also be used in the event of nearby street attacks.
The UK has one of the highest rates of violent acid attacks in the world, with an average of two incidents a day recorded by police forces across the country and attacks in London more than doubling over the past three years.
Pam Donnelly, Chair of the Safer Colchester Partnership, said: “While the number of acid attacks are mercifully rare in our region, we are taking a sensible and precautionary measure by stepping up our response to this growing crime.
“Hopefully these new treatment kits will never be needed, but we should be mindful of national trends and for the potential, one day, that such attacks may occur in Colchester.” use them.”