Dagenham acid attack: Moped driver targeted just 24 hours after thugs' rampage in east London

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A moped rider has become the latest victim of an acid attack in east London, less than 24 hours after five people were targeted in a rampage across the capital.

Police were called to Ballards Road, in Dagenham, at around 5pm on Friday to reports of an attempted robbery of a moped.

The victim – a man aged in his 20s – was approached by two males on a moped who squirted a “noxious substance” at him, police said.

The man was taken to hospital and has been discharged with no lasting injuries.

A man is covered in water after being targeted in an acid attack on Thursday

It comes just a day after five separate male victims were targeted by two moped-riding attackers in a 90-minute rampage in London.

Two teenage boys have been arrested in connection with the attacks on Thursday.

Two of the assaults saw mopeds stolen, while another victim had “life-changing” injuries inflicted after being sprayed.

The horrific rampage comes after the Met revealed the number of reported attacks in London rose from 261 in 2015 to 454 in 2016, a 74 per cent rise.


Resham Khan was targeted in a horrific attack as she celebrated her 21st birthday

MPs are set to meet in Parliament on Monday to discuss combating the shocking rise, with east London having been rocked by a series of attacks in recent weeks.

Resham Khan, 21, and her cousin Jameel Muhktar, 37, were left with devastating injuries last month after an attacker sprayed acid in their faces at traffic lights.

Hospital worker Syed Nadeem, 44, was also targeted with acid last month in a moped robbery as he was leaving Whipps Cross hospital.

Twenty people were also hurt when they were doused in a corrosive substance at Mangle nightclub in Dalston in April. The attack left a 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man blind in one eye.

The attacks have led to calls to introduce licensing for the sales of corrosive substances in shops.

On Wednesday, scoresof demonstrators gathered to protest against recent acid attacks in east London.

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