Nelson Police are investigating an incident in which a man was assaulted outside the entrance to the Nelson City Council office about 6.45am today.
The victim has suffered solvent burns to his mouth and throat in the attack. He remains in Nelson Hospital.
Constable Nick Kempthorne said Police were treating the attack extremely seriously
“This is a cowardly attack with potentially serious consequences and we are very keen to find out who is responsible,” he said.
Police would like to speak to anyone who was in the area of the Trafalgar St – Halifax St intersection about that time who has any information that may help identify the offender. Police would also like to hear from anyone who has CCTV footage of the stretch of Trafalgar St between Bridge St and Halifax St.
Anyone with information should call Constable Kempthorne on 546 3840. Information can also be given by calling Crimestoppers Ph 0800 555 111.