Members of the London Ambulance Service (LAS) hazardous area response team raced to the scene after the alarm was raised. Onlookers reported scenes of panic. Three of the victims needed hospital treatment after they were hit with the substance. Police arrested a 15 year old boy on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. They are not treating Saturday’s episode as a terrorism-related attack. Scotland Yard said all the victims were male and inquiries are ongoing into the incident. A significant rise in acid attacks in the UK has prompted calls in recent months to restrict the sale of corrosive substances which can be bought easily now.
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The number of crimes using acid or other “noxious substances” has more than doubled in London over the last three years. Last month two Muslim cousins in east London were victims of an acid attack, which police are now treating as a hate crime. On 5 July a woman from Leicester who had poured acid on her partner as he slept.