London Moped Thugs Are Attacking People With Acid Now
Two teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, were arrested after police launched a major investigation into a series of five acid attacks that happened in less than 90 minutes across East London on Thursday night.
The attacks are believed to be linked, with two involved victims having their mopeds stolen and one having sufferred “life-changing” injuries.
The two male teenagers were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.
The Met commissioner, Cressida Dick, condemned the acid attacks as “completely barbaric” in an LBC interview on Friday morning.
According to eye witness accounts the attacks began at 10.25pm on Hackney Road when a 32-year-old scooter rider was targeted. Two males pulled up beside him on a moped and threw a liquid substance into the victim's face before one of the attackers jumped on his scooter and rode away.
At 10.49, reports came in of another man who had a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two men on a scooter in Islington.
At 11.05pm, a third victim sufferred an acid attack perpetrated by two men on a scooter in Shoreditch High Street.
At 11.18pm, another man was attacked with acid in Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, and suffered facial injuries described as life changing.
In the fifth attack, at around 11.37pm, two males, also on a scooter, pulled up a man in traffic on Chatsworth Road, Clapton, sprayed him with the corrosive substance before stealing his scooter.
Hackney resident Jon Moody said he heard shouting and looked out of his window to "see a man in serious distress, he was screaming in pain.
"There were only two police officers with the victim, they took out two large water canisters and poured it over him."
The Met Police said in a statement: "Inquiries are ongoing and officers from Hackney CID are investigating.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick told LBC: "I don't want people to think this is happening all over London all the time, it is really not, but we are concerned because the numbers appear to be going up.”
Met Police figures show an increase in acid attacks in the capital from 216 in 2015 to 458 last year.
"Any witnesses, anyone with information or in possession of footage of these incidents should contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC. To remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”