Search

Tower Hamlets mayor launches petition to change acid carrying laws

PUBLISHED: 18:37 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 18:37 14 September 2017

Drain unblocker bought on Amazon that contains 96 per cent proof sulphuric acid - which can cause horrendous injuries if used as a weapon.Photo: Emma Youle

Drain unblocker bought on Amazon that contains 96 per cent proof sulphuric acid - which can cause horrendous injuries if used as a weapon.Photo: Emma Youle

Archant

The Labour Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Briggs, has called for urgent changes to the law to tackle further acid attacks.

Noting the 11 reported incidents of attacks on residents in the borough using corrosive substances between January and June, Briggs said legislation on buying and handling acid should match controls on knives.

Speaking at last night’s public meeting on community safety and crime at the Osmani Centre, Underwood Road, he said carrying acid without good reason should be illegal, the same as with a knife.

“Using acid and other corrosive substances to disfigure people is vicious and inhumane,” Briggs said.

The meeting was arranged amid concerns over public safety after the attacks.

He launched an online petition calling for age restrictions on purchasing corrosive substances, a register of on retailers selling these products and ban on their purchase by cash, to keep a record of purchase.

It also calls for manufacturers to make their products harder to spray and throw by producing thicker and less corrosive substances.

“We are working with partners to prevent acid attacks and promote community safety,” said deputy mayor Sirajul Islam. “We have additional police officers on the streets and are speaking with residents about their concerns, so we can reassure residents.”

Latest East London News Stories

57 minutes ago

The company which runs the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has been recognised for its specialist mental health service.

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

07:00

Works by British artists collaborating with Mexican artists go on public show in Bethnal Green on Monday in the fifth annual “comrades in art” competition.

Yesterday, 16:02

Officers from the Met’s roads and transport policing command are appealing for witnesses after a serous collision on the Limehouse Link tunnel this morning.

Yesterday, 15:00

The Limehouse Link tunnel has reopened after a serious collision between a lorry and a moped this morning.

Yesterday, 13:27

A man has been charged in connection with a rape in Shoreditch on Saturday.

Yesterday, 12:55

Two drug dealers who took over a vulnerable woman’s home to sell heroin and crack cocaine have been jailed for two and a half years.

Yesterday, 10:19

Bethnal Green Library is being upgraded with a start-up workspace and gallery.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Docklands and East London Advertiser
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now