Teen charged in London acid at­tacks

The boy faces 15 counts. Au­thor­i­ties in Bri­tain are weigh­ing whether tougher sen­tences would de­ter such as­saults.

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LONDON — Bri­tish po­lice have charged a teenager with car­ry­ing out a spate of London acid at­tacks, as au­thor­i­ties con­sid­ered whether tougher sen­tences would curb an in­crease in as­saults with cor­ro­sive liq­uids.

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice force said late Satur­day that a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, in­clud­ing griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The boy, who can­not be named be­cause of his age, was ar­rested af­ter five moped rid­ers were sprayed with a cor­ro­sive sub­stance dur­ing a 90-minute pe­riod last week.

One man was left with life-chang­ing in­juries, po­lice said. At least two of those at­tacked were driv­ers for food de­liv­ery ser­vices De­liv­eroo and UberEats.

A 15-year-old boy who was also ar­rested has been re­leased on bail.

Po­lice say the num­ber of re­ported at­tacks with cor­ro­sive liq­uids in London rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016. Some ap­pear re­lated to gang ac­tiv­ity or the theft of cars and mo­tor­cy­cles.

Amid mount­ing public con­cern, the Bri­tish gov­ern­ment said it is con­sid­er­ing in­creas­ing sen­tences for acid at­tacks to a max­i­mum of life.

Home Sec­re­tary Am­ber Rudd wrote in the Sunday Times news­pa­per that those who use nox­ious liq­uids as a weapon should “feel the full force of the law.”

Sarah Cob­bold via As­so­ci­ated Press

THE AT­TACK in London in which five moped rid­ers were sprayed with a cor­ro­sive sub­stance last week left one man with life-chang­ing in­juries, po­lice said.

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