Boy, 16, faces trial over moped acid attacks

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Emergency services in London following an alleged acid attackImage copyright SARAH COBBOLD/Reuters
Image caption Emergency crews and other moped drivers went to the help of victims on 13 July

A 16-year-old boy who denies carrying out a string of acid attacks on six moped riders will stand trial in January, a court has heard.

The teenager, who cannot be named because of his age, is accused of targeting the men to steal their bikes, spraying them in their faces with a noxious liquid.

He is said to have stolen two mopeds in the attacks, spread over 90 minutes.

Police said one victim suffered “life-changing injuries”.

The defendant, from Croydon, south London, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to 12 charges relating to the attacks on 13 July in north-east London.

The offences include six counts of throwing a corrosive liquid with intent to “disable, burn, maim, disfigure or cause grievous bodily harm”, two counts of robbery and four counts of attempted robbery.

The youth was remanded in custody until the trial on 8 January.


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