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Two teenage boys accused of 5 acid attack robberies in London

By Mason White 3:14 PM July 14, 2017
Acid (illustration)
Acid (illustration)
By: Tanya Clark

(Scroll down for video) Two teenage boys are being accused of committing horrific crimes against innocent people, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Detectives from Hackney Borough said that they are investigating five linked acid attacks in north and east London, and they have made two arrests.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested at an address in Stoke Newington on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

A 16-year-old boy had been previously arrested on suspicion of the same offenses in Kingsbury Road, after he was identified near the scene of the offenses.

Both suspects are in custody at a north London police station.

Chief Inspector Ben Clark, from Hackney Borough, said: “This is a fast moving investigation and we have made two arrests. However, I would like to ask the public for their help. Each of these offenses took place in busy locations and we know there may be witnesses who have not yet contacted us. If you saw something or managed to film or photograph anything that might help us please get in touch.

“These are hideous offenses and must have been very frightening for all of the victims. I’m aware of rumors circulating that the victims were all food delivery riders set up in advance of the attacks. This is not the case. All victims were riding mopeds at the time of the attacks, but were from a variety of backgrounds.

“Of late, we have seen more attacks using corrosive substances in London. I would urge businesses and parents to challenge those who they think may be trying to obtain or carry these substances as this could help prevent serious offenses and life changing injuries being caused.”

Police are looking into five incidents in which the victims were all on mopeds. On Thursday, police were called by the London Ambulance Service to Hackney Road, on reports of a robbery.

A 32-year-old man suffered injuries to his face after two male moped riders threw a corrosive substance in his face and stole the vehicle.

The two suspects then fled from the scene, one on the stolen moped. The man was taken to an east London hospital. His injuries are not being treated as life threatening or life changing.

Later that day, police were called to St. Paul’s Road, in Islington, near the border with Hackney.

A 44-year-old man who was riding a moped, had a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two males also on a moped.

The two suspects left the scene empty handed. The victim was taken to a hospital. An hour later, police were called to Shoreditch High Street.

A 52-year-old man had a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two males on a moped. The victim was also riding a moped, but the suspects again got away empty handed.

The victim was taken to a hospital. A few minutes later, police were called to Cazenove Road, near Upper Clapton Road. A 24-year-old man was attacked in a similar way and nothing was stolen.

The victim was taken to an east London hospital. His injuries were described as life-changing.

Later, a 33-year-old man reported to police that he was on his moped in Chatsworth Road, in traffic when two males on another moped pulled up alongside him and sprayed a liquid in his face.

They stole his moped and fled. The victim made his way to his home before contacting police. He was taken to an east London hospital.