Acid attack in London: Second teenager arrested after five were injured in moped thugs' 90-minute rampage

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Two teenage boys have now been arrested after a moped gang went on an acid attack rampage across London targeting five victims in just 90 minutes, police said.

One of the victims was left with life-changing injuries following the spree in east and north London on Thursday night.

A second teenager, 15, was arrested in Stoke Newington on Friday after officers arrested a 16-year-old near the scene earlier.

Both suspects are in police custody.

Two thugs first struck as a 32-year-old moped rider as he waited at a junction in Hackney, east London.

Acid attack: Takeaway delivery drivers rushed to help a victim in Hackney, east London (Twitter/@sarah_cobbold)

They tossed the noxious substance into his face before one of them jumped on to his vehicle and drove away.

Just 20 minutes later, at around 10.50pm, another victim was sprayed with searing liquid on the Upper Street in Islington. 

He was taken to hospital in north London. 

A third victim was targeted 11.05pm in Shoreditch High Street and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Within 15 minutes, the pair appeared to have struck again, launching a corrosive substance at a man on Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington.

The fourth victim suffered “life-changing” facial injuries, police said.

Attack spree: Police at the scene of one of the incidents (Twitter/@999London)

Another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatworth Road, Hackney before 11.37pm, when police were called.

A final assault of the night was reported to police at 11.37pm, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road, Hackney.

After spraying the liquid in a victim’s face, the moped was stolen and both attackers fled.

Both of the teenagers were arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

Chief Inspector Ben Clark, from Hackney Borough, said: “This is a fast moving investigation and we have made two arrests today. 

“However, I would like to ask the public for their help. Each of these offences took place in busy locations and we know there may be witnesses who have not yet contacted us.

“If you saw something or managed to film or photograph anything that might help us please get in touch.”

Any witnesses, anyone with information or in possession of footage of these incidents should contact police via 101 or via Twitter @MetCC.

To give information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

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