Acid attacks are barbaric crimes which have no place in our city or anywhere else, and my thoughts are with all those affected in last night’s attacks.
The Met Police take acid attacks extremely seriously and are treating this investigation with the utmost urgency and seriousness. One person has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.
This is a growing problem across the UK and it is clear that we need to do much more to tackle the use of corrosive substances as a weapon.
The Met is already working with the Home Office and other police services to look at developing tougher regulations which make it more difficult for people to purchase these substances. We need the Government to take the strongest possible action.
Through a number of dedicated operations and prevention campaigns, the Met is also tackling moped crime, and developing the best ways of preventing these disturbing types of attack and keeping Londoners safe.
I urge anyone who has been a victim of an acid attack to report it immediately with confidence that they will be fully supported. Anybody who uses acid as a weapon will be arrested and prosecuted.