Teen faces 15 charges in acid assaults
British police have charged a teenager with a spate of London acid attacks, as authorities considered whether tougher sentences would curb a spike in similar assaults.
The Metropolitan Police force said late Saturday that a 16-year-old boy faces 15 charges, including grievous bodily harm. The boy, who can’t 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.
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.