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Update to incident at Northampton General Hospital

November 3, 2017

The incident at Northampton General Hospital this morning (Friday, 3 November) has been resolved.

Emergency services attended the hospital following an assault on a man in the Ecton Brook area of Northampton earlier today, where he was sprayed with unknown substance while in his car. 

The man experienced irritation to his nose and attended Northampton General Hospital for treatment. As a precaution, police and fire placed a cordon around his vehicle in the hospital car park while an investigation took place. 

The substance was subsequently found to be benign and consistent with the discharge from a fire extinguisher, and the vehicle has been removed from the hospital car park. The man was treated by medical staff and has been discharged.

An investigation into the assault, which happened at about 1am today, is now underway.

The man, a taxi driver, was assaulted in Mushroom Field Road, Ecton Brook, after picking up six boys from McDonald’s in Weston Favell. As he dropped them off, one of the boys sprayed a substance in the driver’s face, believed to be from a fire extinguisher kept in the vehicle. 

Detectives are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information is asked to contact Northamptonshire Police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. 

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