Amber Rudd has vowed to ban the sale of acid to any person under the age of 18 - and is planning measures to crack down on children purchasing knives online too.

Speaking at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on Tuesday (October 3), the home secretary went on to say that sales of sulphuric acid to the public will be "drastically limited".

Sulphuric acid can be used to make so-called "Mother of Satan" homemade explosive devices.

The measures are part of a consultation, to be published soon, on how the government intends to tackle violent crime and offensive weapons.

They tie in with a new strategy to combat serious violence, due to be implemented in early 2018.

In July, getwestlondon revealed that there had been 833 recorded crimes involving "noxious or corrosive liquids" including 72 cases in west London.

The MP for East Sussex told the conference: "Acid attacks are absolutely revolting. You have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover. Endless surgeries. Lives ruined.

"So today, I am also announcing a new offence to prevent the sale of acids to under 18s."

She added: "This is how we will help make our communities safer as crime changes."

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