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Second teenager arrested after east London acid attacks

Police have a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old in custody

A second teenager has been arrested in connection with an acid attack spree which saw five people attacked on London's streets in 72 minutes.

The attacks all took place between 10.25pm and 11.72pm on Thursday (July 13) in east London after members of the public had corrosive liquid thrown or sprayed in their face by suspects on a moped.

On two occasions, other moped drivers on the road had their vehicles stolen after being attacked with the acid, the police said.

A 15-year-old boy has been taken into custody from an address in Stoke Newington to a north London police station on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery on Friday (July 14).

Earlier that day police had arrested a 16-year-old in Kingsbury Road, Dalston on the same offences and he is also in police custody.

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Hackney Borough Chief Inspector Ben Clark described the offences as "hideous" but quashed rumours that all victims were food delivery drivers.

A police spokesman told getwestlondon that unlike some other recent acid attacks in east London, there is no indication that this was racially motivated.

Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick appeared on LBC in the aftermath of the attacks to discuss the increase.

She said that it was far too easy for people to get their hands on corrosive substances but noted that it was not an acutely new phenomenon.

"Acid attacks are completely barbaric," she said.

"Until fairly recently we hadn't seen this at all commonly, incredibly infrequent in the UK.

"I don't want people to think this is happening all over London al the time, it's really not, but we're concerned because the numbers appear to be going.

"Why on earth would a normal person need sulphuric acid for example. Why would me or you need that?"

She added that the Met is in discussions with the Home Office about how easy it is to purchase certain dangerous, corrosive and not commonly used chemicals.

One of the victims, a 24-year-old man, has injuries described as life-changing.

Police said they await an update on the condition of a 33-year-old man, a 52-year-old, and a 44-year-old.

A 32-year-old victim was described as not having life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

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