AN award-winning crime author was attacked as she gave a talk at a university in the North East.
Black ink was pelted at murder writer Val McDermid as she gave a public lecture on her illustrious career at Sunderland University.
An OAP – wearing a wig and hat – launched the attack at the end of the 45-minute talk as Ms McDermid signed a book for her, then ran off.
The shocked author tweeted later: “I’m fine, a bit shaken, never had anything like that before. First incident like this in 25 years of book events.
“Who knew I could provoke such unpleasantness from a stranger?”
Northumbria Police launched an investigation into the attack, which happened last Thursday, and inquiries are still continuing.
Val, who penned the books upon which ITV’s Wire In The Blood was based, was guest speaker as part of Sunderland University’s year-long public lecture series.
The author, who has sold 10 million copies of her books worldwide, talked to a packed audience at the university’s Murray Library Lecture Theatre.
A spokesman for Sunderland University said: “We are saddened that this incident took place on university premises.
“We are currently reviewing security videos of the incident with our own security staff and Northumbria Police.”