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2nd teen arrested over acid attacks in London

17 July 2017

The Home Secretary said she would look at policing and sentencing in the light of recent incidents, including five attacks in the space of 90 minutes in London last week. All five attacks, which police believe are linked, took place within the space of 72 minutes.

"There is something particularly troubling about these kinds of attacks", she said.

While vendors are required to report any suspicious transactions involving sulphuric acid to the authorities, the number of attacks continues has continued to escalate. They threw a corrosive liquid in his face and one of them stole his vehicle before driving off together, police said.

A moped rider has become the latest victim of an acid attack in east London, less than 24 hours after five people were targeted in a rampage across the capital.

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At 10.49, another man was reported to have had a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two men on a scooter in Islington.

According to police, that fourth victim has suffered "life-changing" injuries to his face and remains hospitalized.

Simon Laurence, chief superintendent for Hackney borough in east London, called on retailers to question youths buying household chemicals alone that could potentially be used in attacks. His injuries are described as "life-changing" and a crime scene remains in place. Officers attended and found a 32-year-old man suffering from facial injuries, read a statement issued by the police.

"You can be riding along and they chase you on another moped".

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The Home Office said it would work with police and the Ministry of Justice to assess whether powers available to the courts, including sentencing, were sufficient.

Following on from Thursday night's incidents, it was reported that there was another man attacked with a "noxious substance" yesterday evening.

Two males on a moped in Shoreditch High Street threw a corrosive substance in the face of a man at 11:05pm. Both suspects are in custody at a police station in north London. "I don't want people to think this is happening all over London all the time".

Jaf Shah of the Acid Survivors Trust International said acid attacks had "effectively doubled" in the past year and that that the possession of corrosive substances should carry the same penalty as knife possession to avoid an "explosion" of such crimes. So far this year, not including Thursday night, the Met has recorded 119 such attacks.

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2nd teen arrested over acid attacks in London