London’s ‘barbaric’ acid attacks: Teenager arrested after five attacks

Following five acid attacks in London, a teenager has been arrested after two male suspects riding a moped targeted victims during a 90-minute spree.

The Metropolitan Police said one victim had been left with “life-changing” injuries after being doused on Thursday night in the east of the capital.

The assaults appeared to be linked and two involved victims having their mopeds stolen, they added.

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A 16-year-old youth is being held at an east London police station after being arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

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Cressida Dick (Picture: Getty Images)

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.”

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At the start of the rampage, a 32-year-old moped driver had been approached by the pair as he drove towards the Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road. The two male suspects had tossed the noxious substance into his face before one of them jumped on to his vehicle and drove away.

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

Sub-editor Sarah Cobbold, 29, said: “I had thought someone must have chucked petrol or acid on him or something because they were covering him in water, but I have never seen that reaction to an attack, I thought maybe there had been an accident.”

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

Drivers at the scene along with police after two men on a moped carried out five acids attacks during a spree across the capital 
Drivers at the scene along with police after two men carried out five acids attacks during a spree across the capital  CREDIT:  @SARAH_COBBOLD

Little more than 20 minutes later, at around 10.50pm, another victim had been sprayed with searing liquid by the pair on the Upper Street junction with Highbury Corner, Islington.

The victim was taken to hospital in north London.

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One Response to “London’s ‘barbaric’ acid attacks: Teenager arrested after five attacks”

  1. Brittius Says:

    Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Acid attacks. Now, where would I start looking for suspects? Hmmm…

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