London acid attacks Two teens arrested after five attacks in 72minute crime
Police said the man had gone to an east London hospital and they were awaiting an update on his injuries.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.The victim was taken to hospital in north London. At the start of the rampage, a 32-year-old moped driver had been approached by the pair as he drove towards the Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road. The two male suspects had tossed the noxious substance into his face before one of them jumped on to his vehicle and drove away. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Drivers at the scene along with police after two men carried out five acids attacks during a spree across the capital Credit: @sarah_cobbold A 16-year-old youth is being held at an east London police station after being arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. A 15-year-old boy was later arrested at an address in Stoke Newington on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.Cressida Dick, head of Scotland Yard, branded such attacks as “completely barbaric”, telling LBC: “The acid can cause horrendous injuries; the ones last night involved a series of robberies we believe are linked – I am glad to see we have arrested somebody.” John Tomlin appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.A mass acid attack has also previously hit the capital this year.On Easter Monday, acid was sprayed at a crowded east London club night, leaving two revellers partially blinded and others disfigured.Arthur Collins, the former boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, was charged in connection with the attack. “Any witnesses, anyone with information or in possession of footage of these incidents should contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC. To remain anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”The string of assaults comes just days after a man appeared in court accused of throwing acid at an aspiring model and her cousin.Resham Khan, 21, and Jameel Muhktar, 37, were left with life-changing injuries after the attack on Ms Khan’s 21st birthday in Beckton, east London. Another #AcidAttackTHIS HAS TO STOP!! pic.twitter.com/HYqKfSwtKV— Anthony (@RealNangerz) July 14, 2017 The attacks have sparked calls for tougher and more consistent sentences for those found guilty of acid attacks.Former minister, Stephen Timms said carrying acid should be made an offence and suggested licensing the purchase of sulphuric acid as he urged a change in sentencing guidelines. The Met Police said in a statement: “Inquiries are ongoing and officers from Hackney CID are investigating. Resham Khan and her cousin Jameel Muhktar were victims of an acid attack in east LondonCredit:GoFundMe One witness saw police dousing the victim with large bottles of water.Sub-editor Sarah Cobbold, 29, said: “I had thought someone must have chucked petrol or acid on him or something because they were covering him in water, but I have never seen that reaction to an attack, I thought maybe there had been an accident.” Following five acid attacks in London, two teenage boys have been arrested after two male suspects riding a moped targeted victims during a 72-minute spree.The Metropolitan Police said one victim had been left with “life-changing” injuries after being doused on Thursday night in the east of the capital.The assaults appeared to be linked and two involved victims having their mopeds stolen, they added. Then at around 11.05pm, the fast-moving attackers swooped on a man in Shoreditch High Street, tossing the substance in his face.His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.Within 15 minutes, they appeared to have struck again, launching their corrosive load at a man on Cazenove Road and causing “life-changing” facial injuries. The final assault of the night was reported to police at 11.37pm, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road.After again spraying the liquid in a victim’s face, the moped was stolen and both attackers fled.