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Shocking acid attack footage shows moment suspect sprays victim in face leaving him with 'life-changing injuries'

The victim may lose sight in one eye after the attack, the police said

A 26-year-old man may lose sight in one eye after a "cowardly" acid attack following a night out.

This CCTV footage shows the moment a man casually walked away after spraying the man with a chemical that caused burn injuries to his face.

The victim was first approached by the suspect, according to the Metropolitan Police , who offered to sell him and his friend nitrous oxide capsules, outside Bounce Bar in Old Street.

Both men declined but got into a heated argument with him.

The men came across the suspect again at around 5.25am on Sunday, September 17, when he sprayed them with a noxious substance.

One of the victims suffered burn injuries to his face and may lose sight in one eye, according to the police, who said they are investigating the '"acid attack".

The victim was forced to go to a local shop to douse his face with water as he waited for London Ambulance Service to arrive.

Paramedics rushed him to an east London hospital and tests continue to ascertain the exact nature of the liquid sprayed.

No arrests have been made and police are continuing to make enquiries.

Metropolitan Police are looking to speak with this man in connection with the attack(Image: Metropolitan Police)

Metropolitan Police has released the image of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the attack.

He is described as a light skinned black male or middle-eastern man in his mid to late 20s, around 6ft tall and of normal build.

The man was wearing dark clothing and a Gucci belt with a gold buckle.

CCTV footage shows the attack in Old Street after a night out(Image: Metropolitan Police)

DC Dave Barrett of Hackney Police, said: "This was a violent, unprovoked and cowardly attack by a troublemaker who has left his victim with life-changing injuries.

"We would urge anybody who recognises the man in the picture, or who was in the area at the time and may have information that could assist our investigation to get in touch."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information is asked to call Hackney police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC.

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