A woman was subjected to a horrifying ordeal when a man poured petrol over her close to her home before fleeing.
The woman was approached by the man who threw petrol over her at High Hauxley, south of Amble, in Northumberland, early on Wednesday morning.
Northumbria Police is investigating the incident which it has described as “very unusual.”
People living close to where the attack happened last night spoke of their shock. The woman was standing to the rear of Kirkwell Cottages, where she lives, at 6.20am when the attack happened.
A man approached her and threw petrol over her before running off.
Police have since launched an investigation into the incident and carried out house to house inquiries at Kirkwell Cottages, an isolated street surrounded by fields.
PC Mark Redfern, who is involved in the investigation, said: “This is a very unusual incident and I would appeal for anyone who was in the area early on Wednesday morning and who saw anyone, or anything, suspicious to contact us.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, referencing log 150 290114.
Last night, people living at Kirkwell Cottages told The Journal of their shock at the incident.
Residents told how the woman lives with her partner and children and how she has lived at the street a number of years.
One man, who asked not to be named, said: “They seem happy, they seem harmless. They keep themselves to themselves.”
The resident claimed he had been told the woman was hanging her washing out in the back garden of her home when the attack happened.
He added: “We saw the police car and the blue lights first thing in the morning, we realised something was up.”
Another resident said he had given the woman and her partner a wendy house for the children but knew little of them.
He said: “The police came and asked if we had heard anything. That is awful. That is pretty extreme.
“When I moved here I was told ‘it is very quiet, you can leave your doors open.’ It is very quiet.”
The woman declined to comment when approached by The Journal.