Police are investigating an incident that started out as a verbal altercation between two women outside Southampton Rangers Sports Club on Christmas Eve, when one of the women threw what is believed to be gas on the victim.

A police spokesman said: “She then got a lighter and tried to start a fire but was unsuccessful. The women then commenced fighting before it was eventually broken up.”

An investigation into this incident is now underway and police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information to contact police on 295-0011.