Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals

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There were 465 acid attacks in London recorded in 2017

THERE has been a record number of acid attacks in London in 2017, Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.

Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years

Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.

The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year.

Detective Superintendent Mike West, who leads the Met Police on acid attacks, said: “We do see around 25 per cent of offences in the robbery category, and this tends to be with ammonia-based substances that, while they cause injury, are less likely to be life-changing.

“Other drivers have been drug disputes and general disputes between parties.”

Police data from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are predominantly a problem among young males.

More than 75% of suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10 and 29.

 

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