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ACID ATTACKS BECOMING FASHIONABLE CRIME IN LONDON, POLICE WARNED

The Metropolitan Police today faced warnings that acid attacks had the potential to become a “fashionable” crime among Londoners.

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey was told that unless it was urgently tackled it was in danger of becoming an epidemic.

The capital has seen a rise in acid attacks with 455 in London over the last year, two thirds of which were against people.

Last week six people were doused with corrosive liquid on London’s streets in just 24 hours.

Mr Mackey revealed that police had started seeing gang members using acid attacks as a weapon of choice against their rivals.

He claimed they had not yet moved “lock, stock and barrel” to the brutal form of attack but that there was some evidence of use.

The majority of victims in London are between 15 and 29 and a third are Asian, he said. East London had become a “hot spot” for the crime.

The police chief also raised the possibility of making it illegal to carry corrosive substances in anything other than their original container. These are often difficult to open and suspects tend to transfer the acid into a squeezy bottle.

Mr Mackey insisted Scotland Yard was taking the rise in acid attacks seriously but said he was confident that it could be “designed out” with prevention measures in the longer term.

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NEW MET POLICE COMMISSIONER ANNOUNCED

The new Metropolitan Police Commissioner will be the first woman to hold the most senior role in British policing.

Cressida Dick will succeed Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe when he steps down after six years in the job at the end of the week.

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Ms Dick, 56, will return to the force after leaving for the Foreign Office two years ago.

The national lead for police counter-terrorism for three years, including during the Olympics, Ms Dick oversaw many of Scotland Yard’s most sensitive investigations, including into phone hacking and parliamentary expenses.

She came under intense scrutiny when she was in charge of the operation that led to the fatal shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly identified as a potential suicide bomber.

A jury cleared Ms Dick of any blame in his death.

 

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