Teen arrested after five acid attacks in 90 minutes
FIVE acid attacks in 90 minutes in East London have Scotland Yard scrambling to find the riders of two mopeds.
Metropolitan police police say the attacks involved a 'corrosive' substance being thrown in people's faces. The victims have all been rushed to hospital.
A male teenager has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.
He is currently in custody at an east London police station. But no charges havebeen laid so far.
HOW THE ATTACK UNFOLDED
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said the first victim was a 32-year-old man riding a moped. He had acid thrown in his face when two men - also on a moped - pulled up alongside him in Hackney at about 10.25pm local time (7.25am AEST). One of the riders then stole the victim's moped.
Police say his injuries are serious, but are awaiting an update on his condition.
A second attack occurred about 30 minutes later in Shorditch High Street. In this case, another person had acid thrown into their face.
Police say the injures are not likely to be life-changing.
Another incident followed 20 minutes later when acid was thrown during a robbery in Cazenove Rd, Stoke Newington.
Police say the victim's injuries are severe and 'life changing'.
The fourth incident happened another 20 minutes later, on Chatsworth Rd, Clapton, where another moped rider was attacked as he sat in traffic.
He has been rushed to hospital.
Police said in a statement: "Inquiries are ongoing and officers from Hackney are currently trying to trace the suspects concerned."
LONDON ACID ATTACKS
London has experienced a spate of acid attacks in recent months.
Two Australian sisters were seriously burnt in April after acid was flung into the Mangle nightclub in nearby Dalston.
Isobella Fraser, 22, was in the British capital visiting her sister Prue, 20. Both experienced 'painful' burns, though their faces were not touched. Up to 10 other clubbers were injured in the attack.
Last month, a young woman was celebrating her 21st birthday when a man threw acid through the open window of her car. Resham Khan suffered 'life changing' burns to her face. Her cousin Jameel Muhktar was hospitalised in a coma.