A MAN who was the victim of an attempted robbery in Barnsley had bleach sprayed in his face, police have confirmed.

Detectives have launched an investigation following the incident at around 7.45pm on Tuesday night (November 21).

The 44-year-old victim was walking along Middlecliff Lane in Little Houghton when two men, who were both riding on a dark coloured mountain bike, approached him.

The men, thought to be in their late teens, were wearing dark clothing with the hoods up and had their faces covered.

One is described as around 5ft 10ins tall and the other slightly shorter.

Detective Sergeant Ritchie Mason, investigating the incident, said: “As the victim crossed the road, and the path of the offenders, the man at the back of the bike is said to have sprayed something into the victim’s face.

“The men are then said to have made demands for money and when the victim didn’t comply, they assaulted him with a sharp weapon, causing relatively minor cuts to his arm and leg.

“The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for his injuries, which are not described as life-altering. At this time, the liquid has been described to us as bleach and an investigation is now underway to identify the two men involved.

“The area where the incident occurred is close to the end of a lane, where there are various access points for cyclists and walkers.

“If you were in the area and saw the two men on the mountain bike, please get in touch with us.

Anyone with information should call 101 quoting incident number 861 of November 21 2017 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.