Teenager Arrested After Five Acid Attacks in London

LONDON (Reuters) -
Emergency response following acid attack on the junction of Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road, London, Thursday night. (SARAH COBBOLD via Reuters)

British police said on Friday they arrested a teenager after five acid attacks in East London left several people with facial injuries, including one with “life-changing” disfiguration.

One of the victims had been on a moped when two assailants pulled up alongside him on another moped and threw a corrosive substance in his face, the Metropolitan Police said. One of the pair then stole the vehicle.

Police were called to the first acid attack at 9:25 p.m. on Thursday, followed by four other incidents within the following hour and a half, all in the East London area, which police said they were treating as linked.

Officers said they were continuing to investigate but had arrested a young man.

“A male, in his teens has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. He is currently in custody at an East London police station.”