Search

More businesses in Tower Hamlets join the fight against acid attacks

PUBLISHED: 18:12 08 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:21 08 February 2018

Cllr Asma Begum, mayor John Biggs, David Doughty and Kristian Dalley from Tower Hamlets’ trading standards. Picture: Rhiannon Long.

Cllr Asma Begum, mayor John Biggs, David Doughty and Kristian Dalley from Tower Hamlets’ trading standards. Picture: Rhiannon Long.

Archant

The mayor of Tower Hamlets visited shops in Poplar today as part of his drive to encourage traders to sign up to his acid charter.

Mr Doughty signed the charter today. Picture: Rhiannon Long. Mr Doughty signed the charter today. Picture: Rhiannon Long.

To date more than 100 businesses in the borough have signed the pledge which means it will not sell corrosive products to customers aged under 18 and ask for ID to those who look younger than 25.

Tower Hamlets has experienced the second highest rate of acid attacks in London in the past three years, with 98 offences between January 2015 and October 2017.

There were 289 attacks in neighbouring Newham - the highest number in the city.

Mayor Biggs said: “It’s about getting retailers to sign up to responsible working, making sure they don’t sell to people under age, and making sure people get good advice when buying corrosive substances.

The DIY store has signed up to the acid charter. Picture: Rhiannon Long. The DIY store has signed up to the acid charter. Picture: Rhiannon Long.

“There’s a lot of fear in our community, and we need to make sure we keep our people safe.

“We’re making sure people are safe in our community, and making sure young people who might think this is a clever thing to do realise this is outrageous criminal behaviour.

Poplar DIY owners Mick and David Doughty signed the pledge today promising their business, which has been on Poplar High Street for more than 40 years, would be vigilant against the sale of corrosive products like drain cleaner to under 18s.

David, 50, said: “We sell about a dozen bottles a week, but of all the years I’ve sold it, I don’t think I’ve had any kids ask for it. But we signed up because you can’t be too sure.

“We don’t sell to under 18s, we’ve taken it off the shelves and put it behind the counter so they can’t steal it, and we’ve taken it away from the window so they can’t see it.

The acid charter is one of the first steps the mayor is taking in his crackdown on the crime.

His recent petition to the government pressed for tougher legislation on the sale of acid, along with bringing sentencing of offenders into line with knife crime.

Related articles

Latest East London News Stories

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

We achieved a great deal since I was elected in 2015 and I am humbled that the people of Tower Hamlets have put their faith in me again.

07:00

Hundreds of revellers are likely to head to east London for the annual Monday Bank Holiday street festival at the Star of Bethnal Green pub.

Yesterday, 12:37

Travellers hoping to use the District line this afternoon can expect minor delays on the Tube due to a signal failure.

Yesterday, 11:00

The first ‘Freedom of the Borough’ of the 21st century given by Tower Hamlets Council has been awarded to Commander John Ludgate as former as Deputy Lieutenant who escorted the Royal family on visits to London’s East End for 22 years.

Yesterday, 07:00

Projects tackling air pollution are being offered cash by Tower Hamlets Council after a study has shown lung function of children aged eight and nine has been reduced by up to 10 per cent.

Thu, 17:01

Luther Edwards, who was fatally stabbed and beaten outside a boxing event in Bethnal Green, asked a close friend to look out for him not long before he died, a court heard.

Thu, 13:49

Labour councillors voted themselves a 70 per cent “big fat pay rise” for cabinet posts as their first act in power at last night’s Tower Hamlets Council meeting after their landslide victory at the May 3 polls.

Newsletter Sign Up

East London Advertiser twice-weekly newsletter
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