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Two youths held on suspicion after east London acid attacks

PUBLISHED: 16:05 14 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:32 14 July 2017

Police are investigating a series of acid attacks in East London. Picture: Met Police.

Police are investigating a series of acid attacks in East London. Picture: Met Police.

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A second arrest has been made by detectives investigating five linked acid attacks in east and north London late last night, Scotland Yard has confirmed.

Hackney Road traffic light junction with Queensbridge Road... scene of first of five acid attacks. Picture: GoogleHackney Road traffic light junction with Queensbridge Road... scene of first of five acid attacks. Picture: Google

Officers called at an address this-morning where a 15-year-old youth was taken into custody on suspicion of GBH and robbery.

It follows the earlier arrest of 16-year-old on suspicion of the same offences after being identified near the scene of one of the attacks by local authority CCTV operators. Both youths are in custody.

“This is a fast moving investigation and we have made two arrests today,” Chief Insp Ben Clark said.

“These hideous offences must have been frightening for the victims. There have been more attacks in London lately with corrosive substances.

Shoreditch High Street... crime scene of second acid attack. Picture: MIKE BROOKEShoreditch High Street... crime scene of second acid attack. Picture: MIKE BROOKE

“We urge businesses and parents to challenge those they think may be trying to obtain or carry these substances.”

The first attack reported was in Haggerston at the traffic lights in Hackney Road with Queensbridge Road when a 32-year-old moped rider had a corrosive substance thrown in his face by two men on another moped that pulled up alongside him.

Shortly after, another rider in Shoreditch High Street just a mile away had a corrosive substance was thrown in his face.

Three more attacks were reported in Homerton, Clapton and at Highbury Corner in north London. All five victims were treated in hospital.

Detectives are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information to contact police on 101, tweet @MetCC, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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