Teen arrested after London acid attacks

Violet Powell
July 17, 2017

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 15 offenses after five acid attacks in London.

Two men terrorized east London Thursday with five acid attacks in less than 90 minutes.

One witness saw police dousing the victim with large bottles of water.

Just a week before, the simillar incident happened, a man threw acid in the face of an aspiring model and her cousin in east London.

The teen, who has not been named, has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

Police said the man had gone to an east London hospital and they were awaiting an update on his injuries.

Food delivery service companies Deliveroo and UberEATS confirmed two of their delivery drivers had been attacked.

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Cressida Dick, head of Scotland Yard, branded such attacks as "completely barbaric", telling LBC: "The acid can cause horrendous injuries; the ones last night involved a series of robberies we believe are linked - I am glad to see we have arrested somebody".

BBC reported that the attackers threw a corrosive substance at their victims. However, police described one of the victims' injuries as "life-changing".

Just hours before the assault took place, Labour party MP Stephen Timms called on the issue to be debated in parliament, saying: "Too many people are frightened of becoming a victim".

"There were only two police officers with the victim, they took out two large water canisters and poured it over him". "My family's scared. They were asking me to leave that job, but I love that job".

At 23:18 police received reports of a robbery in Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, where a corrosive substance had been thrown.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper that those who use noxious liquids as a weapon should "feel the full force of the law" and "must share their victims' life sentences". He had his moped stolen and his face sprayed with liquid.

Vice reported earlier this year that while acid attacks have been reported in England since Victorian times, the increase in popularity may be a result of growing crackdowns on knives and guns. Metropolitan Police statistics indicate there were 261 attacks in London in 2015, and 458 in 2016.

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