There were 465 acid attacks in London recorded in 2017
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.”
More than 75% of suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10 and 29.