Teenager Arrested Following A Series Of Acid Attacks In London

Metropolitan police are searching for two men believed to be behind at least four acid attacks in London

In April, clubbers in east London were caught up in a mass attack that injured 20 people, then last month cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Mukhtar were left with life-changing injuries after having liquid thrown on them through a vehicle window.

Police in London have arrested a teenager following a spate of robberies that involved two suspects riding around on stolen mopeds attacking victims with acid.

The Metropolitan Police force said late Saturday that a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, including grievous bodily harm.

At 11:05 p.m., a corrosive substance was thrown in the face of man by two males on a moped on 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.

Little more than 20 minutes later, at around 10.50pm, another victim had been sprayed with searing liquid by the pair on the Upper Street junction with Highbury Corner, Islington.

They found a 32-year-old man suffering from facial injuries, Scotland Yard said in a statement.

A fourth incident was reported to police at 11.37pm in Chatsworth Road, Lower Clapton. A fifth man was the next victim, as they first sprayed him with acid and then stole his scooter in Hackney.

Amid mounting public concern, the British government said it was considering increasing sentences for acid attacks to a maximum of life. The victim was taken to a hospital in north London and police are waiting for an update on his condition.

"There was a really frightening screaming", he said. He is now in custody at an east London police station.

Shadow Home Secretary and Stoke Newington MP Dianne Abbott responded this morning by tweeting: 'More bad acid attacks, Why would you scar someone for life just to steal a moped'. There were only two police officers with the victim.

Assaults involving acid and corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012, with the number of acid attacks in the capital showing the most dramatic rise in the recent years.

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

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