Police are appealing for witnesses and information after five acid attacks during street robberies in east London late last night.
A corrosive substance was thrown by two men riding a moped in Haggerston in the first attack at around 10.30pm in Hackney Road.
A 32-year-old moped rider had face injuries when two men pulled up alongside him at the traffic lights with Queensbridge Road on what is believed to be another moped and hurled the substance in his face.
One of the robbers riding pillion stole the man’s moped and the two thieves fled.
The man was been taken to hospital, but his injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life changing.
A corrosive substance was thrown in the face of a man in another attack in Shoreditch High Street—just a mile away—by two men on a moped. The victim was taken to hospital.
Police received another call to a similar attack during a robbery in Cazenove Road in Clapton where a corrosive substance had been hurled in a man’s face. He was also taken to hospital.
An acid attack was reported at 11.37pm nearby in Chatsworth Road in Homerton when thieves pulled up alongside a moped rider at traffic lights and sprayed liquid in his face before stealing his machine and escaping.
The victim managed to make his way home before contacting police, and was then taken to hospital.
Yet another attack was reported earlier at Highbury in north London at about 10.50pm by two moped riders at Highbury Corner.
All five incidents which happened within the space of just two hours are being treated by police as linked, Scotland Yard confirmed this-morning.
A teenager has since been arrested on suspicion of GBH and robbery and is being held in custody in east London.
Detectives from Hackney CID are appealing for any witnesses to last night’s spate of acid attacks or anyone with information to contact police on 101, tweet @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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