Police investigate spate of four acid attacks in east London

Police investigate spate of four acid attacks in east London

All five victims of the attacks were all taken to hospital and one was described as being left with "life-changing" facial injuries.

A 15-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm.

At the start of the rampage, a 32-year-old moped rider was approached as he drove towards the Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road.

At 11.05pm, a corrosive substance is reported to have been thrown into the face of a third victim by two men on a scooter in Shoreditch High Street.

The second attack was reported just over 30 minutes later, when police said two men on mopeds had thrown acid into another man's face. Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.

It's been reported that one of the victims suffered "life-changing" injuries during one of the attacks which were carried out by by two males on a moped.

The assailants, both male, then fled the scene on the moped and emergency services arrived to find the man with stab injuries.

A series of London acid attacks and a subsequent investigation has led to Metropolitan Police arresting two teenagers Thursday night in connection with the incidents.

Acid appears to be finding favour with gangs and individuals to settle disputes and launch attacks, as simple bleach products and drain unblocker is available cheaply in shops without checks and carrying it does not incur penalties, like knives do.

Hackney resident Jon Moody said he heard screaming and ran to the window while he was watching TV.

The five incidents, in a 72-minute spree, are believed to be linked. They stole his moped and made off. A witness saw police throwing bottles of water over the first victim to try to wash away the burning liquid.

London police did not discuss the possibility of a hate crime on Friday, and said that the victims were part of multiple groups. He was taken to a north London hospital.

British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in assaults with corrosive liquids.

"Enquiries are ongoing and officers from Hackney CID are investigating".

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