Man, 26, 'murdered' after being sprayed in the face with 'ammonia' when he answered the door of Gateshead home | The Sun

COPS have launched a murder investigation after he was sprayed with suspected ammonia after answering the door of a home.

Andy Foster, 26, was attacked shortly after 11pm on Sunday at a home on Eighton Terrace in Wrekenton, Gateshead.

Police say two offenders had approached the property and knocked on the front door.

When Andy opened the door, they then sprayed him with suspected ammonia and made off from the scene.

Andy was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries but has since passed away.

Officers are now treating the assault as murder.

A 26-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

He has since been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.

Today officers have appealed to the public for information that could assist the investigation.

Detective Inspector Tam Fowler, of Northumbria Police’s Major Investigation Team, said: “First and foremost, our thoughts go out to Andy’s family and loved ones after he has sadly passed away.

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“This was a tragic incident and we will continue to support them in any way that we can during this exceptionally difficult time.

“Extensive enquiries are ongoing to establish exactly what has happened and how Andy has ultimately lost his life.

“While our investigation is at an early stage, it is believed that those involved are known to each other and there is no wider risk to the public.

“At this time, I am now appealing to the public for their help – and would urge any further witnesses or anyone with information to come forward to police as soon as possible.

“Your support could prove vital as we look to find answers for Andy’s family.”

Officers remain in the area to carry out enquiries and offer reassurance to the public.

Anyone with information is asked to speak with an officer on duty, use the ‘Tell Us Something’ page on the Northumbria Police website, or call 101 quoting reference number: NP-20230820-1369.

Members of the public can also report information anonymously by calling the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visiting their website.

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