Hillingdon acid at­tacks the most in west Lon­don

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - DANIEL GREEN daniel.green@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DOZENS of peo­ple in west Lon­don have been at­tacked with acid or other dan­ger­ous chem­i­cals in the past three years, with the most in­ci­dents hap­pen­ing in Hillingdon.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice have recorded 833 crimes where the crime in­volved “nox­ious or cor­ro­sive liq­uids” or where the sus­pect caused ex­plo­sions or threw cor­ro­sive flu­ids with in­tent to harm.

Seventy-two of th­ese were in west Lon­don.

Hillingdon had the most with 12 fol­lowed by Brent with 11.

There were 22 recorded in 2015 and 39 in 2016.

The force has al­ready recorded 11 in west Lon­don so far in 2017 up to April.

Across the cap­i­tal th­ese harm­ful chem­i­cals were used in an ar­ray of se­ri­ous crimes, from rape to rob­bery to per­sonal vi­o­lence.

There were 833 in Lon­don in to­tal, ex­clud­ing the City of Lon­don.

A to­tal of 243 were in just one bor­ough, Ne­wham, in east Lon­don.

Su­per­in­ten­dent Sean Wilson, of the east area ba­sic com­mand unit, said: “We are aware of a grow­ing trend in the use of nox­ious sub­stances in as­saults.

“As­saults in­volv­ing cor­ro­sive liq­uids such as acids are hor­rific and the im­pact on vic­tims can be dev­as­tat­ing.

“Nox­ious sub­stances are easy to buy over the counter and we want to work with com­mer­cial traders to raise aware­ness that peo­ple buy­ing th­ese sub­stances from their shops may in­tend to use those pur­chases as weapons.

“We would ask for par­ents, teach­ers and our com­mu­ni­ties to sup­port us. If you know of a child or a pupil stor­ing and car­ry­ing a nox­ious sub­stance, then we must chal­lenge them and ask them why.”

Na­tion­ally there were at least 1,300 crimes in­volv­ing acid or other harm­ful chem­i­cals in the UK in the past three years.

Our ex­clu­sive re­search comes af­ter a spate of five acid at­tacks in a sin­gle night last week in Is­ling­ton and Hack­ney.

Some­one was sprayed with car­pet cleaner in Malvern, Worces­ter­shire, last year, while in Northamp­ton three peo­ple were at­tacked by three oth­ers be­lieved to be car­ry­ing bat­tery acid in Fe­bru­ary this year.

More than half of all the 1,375 cases pro­vided by 29 forces were in Lon­don. There was a big year-onyear rise in the na­tion­wide to­tal, from 463 in 2015 to at least 686 in 2016. So far this year forces have recorded at least 191 cases.

Re­sham Khan was at­tacked with acid in east Lon­don in June

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