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Boy, 16, charged over acid attacks

15 July 2017 National News

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 15 offences after five acid attacks in London on Thursday night.

Detectives are investigating a spate of linked acid attacks which took place in north and east London on Thursday night.

The assaults involved a pair on a moped attacking other moped riders at several locations across the capital in less than 90 minutes.

Among the charges against the 16-year-old are five counts of GBH with intent and one count of possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear before Stratford Youth Court on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested in Stoke Newington on Friday morning has been released on bail until early August.

Image: Four attacks took place in east London, and one in north London

The five victims of the Thursday night attack were all taken to hospital. One was described as being left with “life-changing” facial injuries.

Those attacked were described as being “from a variety of backgrounds”.

Officers urged potential witnesses to come forward with information and photos and videos they may have recorded.

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.”

Cressida Dick talks to London Assembly

Video: Acid attacks are ‘not happening all the time’ says Met chief

The head of London’s Metropolitan Police, Cressida Dick, said she is looking at whether a change in the law is needed.

She told LBC Radio: “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.

“We will arrest people, we will enforce the law as we can, and we are working very closely with the Home Office to try to see if there is any changes in the law required.”

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:: 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.

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