London acid attacks: Second person arrested

The attacks took place in Hackney, Stoke Newington and Islington

A spate of acid attacks took place across East London last night

Friday, July 14, 2017

A second person has been arrested over the spate of acid attacks in London last night.

The suspect, 15, was arrested at an address in Stoke Newington on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

This comes after a 16-year was arrested this morning after five separate attacks were recorded in Hackney, Stoke Newington, and Islington.

A statement from the Met Police revealed the arrest was made by detectives in the borough of Hackney, and 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 today.

"However, I would like to ask the public for their help. Each of these offences 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 offences and must have been very frightening for all of the victims. I'm aware of rumours 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 offences and life changing injuries being caused."