Acid attack felt like 'fire' says first victim
14 July 2017 National News
One of the five victims of a series of acid attacks in London has told Sky News it felt like his face was on fire during the attack.
Scotland Yard is treating the attacks, which took place within 90 minutes, as linked.
The attacks involved and allegedly stealing two bikes.
Delivery driver Jabed Hussain, 32, was the first person attacked by the pair on Thursday evening.
They approached him at 10.25pm as he rode towards the Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge and threw a corrosive substance in his face.
Fearing a second attack Mr Hussain told Sky News he abandoned his bike and ran down the road trying to attract help.
“I was just begging for water because by that time it was burning on my face,” he said.
He said the attack felt “like somebody put fire on my face”.
Fortunately the acid only hit the left side of his face, although Mr Hussain said it still felt like his whole face was burning.
Police officers doused Mr Hussain with large bottles of water to wash the substance off him, before taking him to an east London hospital.
The attackers went on to target four more people over the next hour-and-a-half, at least one of whom was left with “life changing” injuries.
The spate of attacks has led to calls for tougher sentences for attackers and restrictions on the sale of corrosive substances.
Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “The recent spate of acid attacks have shocked the nation, but sadly they are nothing new.
“With a steady rise in attacks since 2010 and a steep increase of 70% from 2015 to 2016, it is clear that the Government urgently needs a new approach to tackling this heinous crime.”
Following the attacks the head of London’s Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, has said she is looking at .
Chief Inspector Ben Clark, from Hackney Borough, said: “These are hideous offences and must have been very frightening for all of the victims.
“Of late we have seen more attacks using corrosive substances in London.
“I would urge businesses and parents to challenge those who they think may be trying to obtain or carry these substances as this could help prevent serious offences and life changing injuries being caused.”
and bring in a licence system currently has more than 360,000 names.
Two teenage boys – aged 15 and 16 – have been arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm following the assaults.
:: Any witnesses, anyone with information or in possession of footage of these incidents should contact police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC. To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org.