POLICE are asking for public help after a substance was thrown over a woman inside the Post Office at Stoke Poges Lane, Slough.

It happened at around 3.40pm on Tuesday last week and police, fire and ambulance crews hurried to the scene because of fears that the substance could have caused serious injury.

It turned out to be hair removal cream and the victim lost some of her hair as a result.

The victim told officers that she had been in the Post Office shortly before, when an offender slapped her in the back of the head with a substance in their hand. The offender then fled the scene.

The offender is described as being a male, dressed in a black hooded top with the hood over his head.

Detective Sergeant John Braddy of Slough police station, said: “We would like to reassure the public that an acidic substance was not used.

“However, we are still appealing for witnesses to identify the hooded offender who hit the victim while she was in the post office.

“If anyone saw or heard anything then please get in touch with police.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote reference number 43180324246, or you can call Crimestoppers anonymously 0800 555 111.

Reports can also be made online at https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/tua/tell-us-about/cor/tell-us-about-existing-case-report.