A FRESHWATER man was targeted twice within a matter of hours when a smoke grenade was posted through his letterbox and a paint-like substance was thrown over his front door.

Police were called just after 9pm last night (Monday) when the grenade was posted to the bungalow in Sunset Close.

Officers returned shortly before 9am today after a paint-like substance was thrown over his front door.

The 53-year-old male resident was treated for smoke inhalation yesterday evening and, although there were reports the man had the substance thrown in his face this morning, and the ambulance service and fire crews were called, he was not seriously injured.

One neighbour told the County Press she was thinking of going away and described the incident as 'frightening to hell'.

"Nothing happens along here at all usually," she said. "It was horrible."

Another resident said: "I've lived on the close since 2009 and it's been pretty quiet throughout that time.

"It's not nice, but I don't really feel any less safe."

One couple said they hoped it was an isolated incident and the victim was okay.

A 58-year-old man from Freshwater has been arrested on suspicion of assault, possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and arson with intent.