Crime

Acid Attack Victim Left Housebound for a year says “It’s Hard To Look In The Mirror”

Teresa Townsley, 38, appealed for information one year after the attack when she was thrown acid in the face by her doorstep and left with serious burns to her face and neck

An acid attack victim is still traumatised and housebound one year after the horrific incident that scarred her for life.
Teresa Townsley, 38, had corrosive liquid thrown at her when she answered the door her Edinburgh home to a track-suited man last year.
The man fled the scene in a stolen grey Ford Fiesta and Teresa was left with serious burns to her face and neck and lost part of her ear.
She spoke of the horror on the anniversary of the attack as she appealed for information in a bid to catch the perpetrator.

She is confined to her house mostly and said the attack was ‘the worst of my life’ (Image: STV)

She said: “It was the worst day of my life and today is the second worst as it brings it all back.
“Fortunately I have a new partner who is being tremendously supportive and I have my kids to keep me going.

“But, day to day it is still hard, it is hard just to go out of the house, to look in the mirror. Most of the time I am confined to the house.”
After the attack, Teresa moved away from Edinburgh.
The man is described as a 5ft 11in tall, aged early twenties and of slim build.
He was wearing a dark-coloured tracksuit, a grey top with the hood pulled up, dark gloves and trainers with light reflective sections.
His face was covered.

The man fled in a grey Ford Fiesta after the attack(Image: Police Scotland)

“If anyone knows anything then they must come forward. I am scarred for life and coming forward with information could prevent someone else suffering as I have. It may even prevent someone losing their life,” Teresa added.
According to the police, the man got in a grey Ford Fiesta with false number plates showing the registration number BN65 LFV.
The car was seen at around 9.45pm travelling north in Drum Street with its lights off.
It then went down Gilmerton Road, into Glenallan Drive and was driven into Inch Park where it was set on fire.
Two men were seen to run off towards Glenallan Drive.
Detective Inspector Jonathan Pleasance said: “The attacker targeted Teresa at her front door while her young children were just a few feet away.
“This serious assault resulted in life-changing injuries and also shocked the local community.

Teresa was attacked as she answered the door in Captain’s Road in Edinburgh (Image: BBC)

“If you recognise the man described or saw the car, before or after the attack, please contact police immediately.
“I am confident that there are people in the Gilmerton area who have information that can assist the inquiry and I would urge them to come forward.”
Anyone with information can contact Gayfield CID on 101, quoting incident 4125 of November 9 2018, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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