Moped yobs arrested following life-changing acid attacks

Michele Moreno
July 17, 2017

Responding officers found a 24-year-old man there suffering from what police said were described as "life-changing" facial injuries.

The teenage male is being held at an east London police station on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

The attack comes less than a month after a man threw acid through a auto window into the faces of two Muslims in London.

The second victim, a 44-year-old old man, had acid thrown in his face by two males also on a moped in St Paul's Road, N1 in Islington, near the border with Hackney, just before 10:50pm.

A series of London acid attacks and a subsequent investigation has led to Metropolitan Police arresting two teenagers Thursday night in connection with the incidents.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward for information. He was also taken to an east London hospital.

Five acid attacks took place in London in less than 90 minutes on Thursday. "I'm aware of rumors circulating that the victims were all food delivery riders set up in advance of the attacks".

In an interview with LBC on Friday morning, Metropolitan Police commissioner Cressida Dick called the attacks "completely barbaric", adding, "I don't want people to think this is happening all over London all the time; it is really not".

Less than 20 minutes later, on Cazenove Road, the third victim was attacked with a corrosive substance.

Within 15 minutes the attackers appear to have struck again, launching the corrosive substance at a man in Stoke Newington, causing "life-changing" injuries.

Metropolitan Police have said that acid attacks are on the rise in the British capital, with 458 reported last year, almost double the total of the previous year. He had his moped stolen and his face sprayed with liquid.

"I am clear that life sentences must not be reserved for acid attack survivors", she said. The victim managed to make his way home before contacting police.

The victim was taken to a hospital in north London.

Simon Harding, a criminologist and gang expert at Middlesex University, told CBS News partner network BBC News earlier this year that there is anecdotal evidence gangs are switching from knives to acid. Last year, it was used in 458 crimes, compared to 261 in 2015, according to police figures.

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