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London acid attacks: Two teenagers arrested after multiple assaults and thefts

17 July 2017

Five men, who were all on mopeds when they were attacked, have been taken to hospital with injuries.

The arrested teenager is being held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. Within 15 minutes, they appeared to have struck again, launching their corrosive load at a man on Cazenove Road and causing "life-changing" facial injuries.

Jabed Duzzahuru, president of a group which represents more than 2,500 delivery drivers from companies, including Deliveroo and UberEats said he was making food delivery when the incident happened.

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The use of acid in attacks has even spread to children as young as 12 who have been arming themselves with substances "for self-defense". "My plea is to sellers to have moral responsibility, social responsibility, to ask the questions", Simon Laurence, chief superintendent for Hackney borough in east London, told CNN.

Shortly after, another rider in Shoreditch High Street just a mile away had a corrosive substance was thrown in his face.

A report published recently has shown a steep increase in the number of acid attacks in London over the last couple of years, with over 450 attacks being reported in 2016 alone. This is not the case. "All victims were riding mopeds at the time of the attacks, but were from a variety of backgrounds". Law enforcement officials are hoping for more witnesses come forth in order to aid their investigation.

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London police are investigating four attacks in east London, involving corrosive substances being thrown in people's faces.

New proposals to tackle acid attacks include classing corrosive substances as risky weapons and restricting shop sales of liquids such as bleach, ammonia and acid, which are the most commonly used substances.

The number of attacks involving the use of "corrosive fluids" - including murder, robberies, and rapes - jumped from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016, with almost one-third of assaults carried out in east London, the BBC said.

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Officers were also made aware of a similar incident that was reported in Islington at 10:49pm, where another man was hospitalised after having a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two male attackers. All five attacks, which police believe are linked, took place within the space of 72 minutes.

London acid attacks: Two teenagers arrested after multiple assaults and thefts