'It must become an offence to carry acid and those selling it must use judgement', says criminologist

'It must become an offence to carry acid and those selling it must use judgement', says criminologist

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Those selling acid must use their judgement about its purpose and it must become an offence to carry it, says a criminologist and filmmaker.

Five acid attacks took place in east London last night (July 13) leaving several people hurt and one victim with “life-changing” injuries. A teenager has been arrested in the wake of the attacks.

Criminologist and filmmaker Roger Graef told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "Where I think the trouble is, those selling it have to use their judgement about its purpose and [the law needs to change to] make it an offence when carrying it.

"Whenever we think we’ve caught something and stopped it...people that are determined to [commit crime] come up with something new.

"Kids egg each other on. When you think about young people and the way they do things that are bad for themselves and other people, they don’t think of the consequences.

"The education to those kids about the dangers of this would make a difference."

Listen to the full interview above

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