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Police appeal to friends of two brothers hunted over acid attack on woman

Tom Pugh

Published 23/09/2015 | 15:01

Billy (left) and Geoffrey Midmore, who police are hunting in connection with an acid attack which left a woman with severe injuries to her face, eyes, neck and arms Credit: Hampshire Police/PA Wire
Billy (left) and Geoffrey Midmore, who police are hunting in connection with an acid attack which left a woman with severe injuries to her face, eyes, neck and arms Credit: Hampshire Police/PA Wire

Detectives have made a direct appeal for help to friends and associates of two brothers suspected of carrying out an acid attack on a woman.

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Billy Midmore, 22, and Geoffrey Midmore, 26, are wanted after the 37-year-old woman was left with severe injuries to her face, eyes, neck and arms.

Following the attack outside the Turtle Bay restaurant in Guildhall Square, Southampton, on Friday, she was taken to hospital with "significant burns".

As the hunt for the brothers continued, police warned the public not to approach the pair but to call officers immediately.

Acting Detective Inspector Will Whale, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "I'd like to appeal to anyone who socialises with them - come and tell us where they are.

"Just think, what if this was your sister? What if this was your mum or a member of your family? If you knew something, would you stay quiet?"

The Sun named the victim as Carla Whitlock, who was on a night out at the time of the attack. A relative told the newspaper she had been left "very badly scarred" and "in a lot of pain".

Neighbouring police forces are hunting the stockily built Midmore brothers, who are from London.

They are said to occasionally visit the Southampton area and also have contacts in Basingstoke and parts of the South East.

Mr Whale said: "We are currently following a number of lines of inquiry and want people to carry on contacting us if they think they know where Billy and Geoffrey are."

Billy Midmore is described as white, 5ft 8in, with blue eyes and a scar on his left arm. He speaks with a London accent.

Geoffrey Midmore is described as white, 5ft 1in, with green eyes and a scar on the right side of his face. He has a tattoo on his hand.

Anyone with information about the pair's whereabouts is asked to call Hampshire Constabulary immediately on 101, quoting Operation Interstate.

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