Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hundreds More Acid Victims as Attacks Soar by 78% in London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Hundreds More Acid Victims as Attacks Soar by 78% in London

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Editor

THE number of violent acid attacks in London has soared by more than 78 per cent over the past two years with a huge increase in victims, according to the latest figures.

Statistics released by the Met today show there were 465 violent "corrosive liquid" offences recorded in the capital in 2017, up from 260 in 2015. Last year there were 397 incidents. Separate figures show the number of victims rose |from 281 in the whole of 2015 to 487 in the 10 months to October last year.

The data obtained from the Met police under a Freedom of Information request also revealed: Younger people are most likely to be victims of acid attacks, with more than 50 per cent of offences involving victims aged between 10 and 29.

Most victims are male (351 in the 10 months last year) and the proportion of victims who are female has fallen significantly in the past 10 years.

Most suspects in the past three years are in the 10 to 19 age group and the vast majority are male.

The figures obtained by London Assembly Conservative member Steve O'Connell also show fewer suspects are being charged compared with in previous years. Only 19 per cent of offences resulted in a charge in 2017, down from over 25 per cent in 2015 though police say many investigations from last year are ongoing.

The figures come days after a 17-yearold boy pleaded guilty to carrying out acid attacks on six delivery riders in London in an attempt to steal their mopeds. Derryck John, of Croydon, sprayed his victims in the face with a noxious liquid, leaving one man with life-changing injuries.

In a separate attack, aspiring model Resham Khan, 21, had acid squirted in her face when she was in a car waiting at traffic lights in Beckton last June.

Newham was identified as the worst borough for violent acid attacks with 289 offences since 2015. …

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