Teen faces 15 charges in acid as­saults

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

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.

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