Five attacks with acid thrown in people’s faces in London last night, teenager arrested

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One of the victims suffered “life-changing injuries”. Two men on a moped carried out the attacks over 90 minutes in Hackney, Stoke Newington and Islington on Thursday night. At the start of the rampage, a 32-year-old moped rider was approached by the pair as he drove towards the Hackney Road junction with Queensbridge Road. Two male suspects tossed a noxious substance into his face before one of them jumped on to the victim’s vehicle and drove away. Two involved victims having their mopeds stolen. Hazardous area response units were sent by the ambulance service to four of the scenes, while the victim of the Chatsworth Road attack took himself to hospital.

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One of the attacks scenes

London Ambulance Service said they were called to the first attack in Hackney Road at 10.16pm, while police were alerted to the night’s final assault at 11.37pm.  Police said the  attacks were linked and were questioning the teenager at an east London police station on suspicion of robbery and causing grievous bodily harm. The boy arrested was just 16. Since 2010 there have been more than 1,800 reports of attacks involving corrosive fluids in the capital, Last year, it was used in 458 crimes, compared to 261 in 2015, according to Met Police.

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