Londoners angry after 90 minute acid attacks – people are scared. Shops selling acid products taken initiative to stop sales to under 18-year-olds. The voluntary ban which began January 7 2018, welcomed by many.
Community in London are growing scared. Two moped riders attacked people in a 90-minute spree in Islington, Stoke Newington and Hackney July 13. They stole mopeds in two of the attacks. One victim suffered life threatening injuries.
All the victims were on mopeds when they had corrosive liquid thrown in their faces. The attacks began at 10.25pm through to 11.37pm – a total of 90 minutes. The speed stunned the public.
There has been a surge of such assaults in the London area which began three years ago. Since 2010, there have been more than 1,800 reports of attacks involving chemical fluids in the capital. Last year, it was used in 458 crimes, compared to 261 in 2015, according to Met Police figures.
Met Commissioner Cressida Dick said the growing trend of victims being doused with corrosive liquids was concerning.
It is an evil method of attack. Older people involved. It is not only the young. London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan described the attacks as barbaric.
The government is planning legislation to deal with sales of acids. It will help control the problem.
Up until now acid products can be bought over the counter at most shops and supermarkets. But moves to introduce an age limit for sales is on the government’s agenda for future.
In the meantime people in London scared to walk the streets. Especially at night. Little can be done to prevent an acid attack. It is a crime that’s been going on for some time. In most cases revenge is behind the throwing of corrosive fluid. Damage to face is the aim. Men and women have suffered. Jealousy and racism blamed in some cases.
In North London public scared. Attacks appear to be out of control and easy to do.
Locals spoke to ynuk.tv about their fear
Shops voluntarily banning sale #Acids to under 18s. Great but #Londoners live in fear following number of attacks https://t.co/1AqCso54ym #Mopeds #acidattack #Islington #Hackney pic.twitter.com/BdXiQZcLE0
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