Teenager arrested as suspect in London acid attack near Stratford Centre

A 15-year-old boy has been arrested as a suspect in the London acid attack which saw six people injured near the Westfield Stratford Shopping Centre on Saturday evening.

Newham Police stated that it was a mass acid attack carried out by a group of people who had sprayed a noxious substance around the busy shopping complex area.

It was reported that various people had been injured at different locations in the Westfield area although it is not being looked as a terror attack yet.

As per the police statement, emergency services treated six men of acid injuries with three of them moved to hospital.

Initial reports are that the London acid attack was a result of an argument that took place between a group of people outside the Stratford Centre.

Stratford Centre in London

Stratford Centre in London. Photo courtesy of DAVID HOLT from London, England/Wikipedia.org.

Police stated that the incident occurred near the shopping complex around 8:00 PM.

Soon after the London acid attack, ambulance crews, paramedics and members of hazardous area response team were deployed at the scene of the incident.

Within 10 minutes of the emergency call, medics arrived at the scene to work with various colleagues to ensure that patients got the medical help on time.

Giving details of the London acid attack, Borough Commander for Newham Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan said that although it was thought to be random attacks initially, upon closer inspection, it has been concluded to be clearly a single incident between two groups of men.

Ade Adelekan added: “I recognise the lasting impact on victims of corrosive substance attacks.

“Our response to such attacks is continually improving through training and joint working with partners and we are working with the Home Office to explore possible restrictions around the sale of corrosive substances in conjunction with retailers and manufacturers.”

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