Surge of Acid Attacks in UK – sudden rise in 3 years

Surge of Acid Attacks in UK
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Surge of Acid Attacks in UK – the video outlines how the Police are dealing with the issue.

London’s Mayor, Sadiq Khan, is urging the public to report acid crime no matter how trivial. There’s been a surge in noxious attacks in England, especially London.  It has doubled in the past three years.

In the capital, the number of incidents rose from 186 between April 2014 and March 2015 to 397. During the same period in 2016-2017.

Experts have linked the rise to a crackdown on the use of knives and guns. Because of this street gangs increasingly use corrosive substances, which are more readily available, instead.

The data confirms the impression given by a spate of reports of acid attacks in London. Earlier this week a 27-year-old man suffered severe burns after being squirted with acids as he walked with  woman in Mile End, east London.

Last month two Muslim cousins in east London were victims of an acid attack. The police are now treating it as a hate crime. Jameel Mukhtar and Resham Khan were attacked while sitting in a car at traffic lights. Both suffered severe burns. It follows an incident earlier this year when a noxious substance was launched across the Mangle club in east London. Sixteen people were injured.

Mayor and Met Police addressed the issue at July 6 London Assembly meeting at City Hall.

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