Former east London gang member says using acid to carry out attacks is a 'win-win'

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A former gang member from east London has said using acid to carry out attacks is a “win-win” because there is no penalty if you are caught with the chemicals.

The self-confessed acid attacker, only identified as “Off”, has a string of previous convictions for violence and has served time in Pentonville. 

In an interview with the Daily Mail, Off, who is in his early 20s, described carrying out an attack on a rival gang member with domestic drain cleaner containing sulphuric acid. 

His victim was left with third-degree burns and forced to undergo numerous skin grafts.

East London has been rocked by a series of horrific acid attacks in recent weeks, with five people targeted during in one rampage (Twitter/@sarah_cobbold)

Carrying what looked like a bottle of water, Off approached his victim who was sitting in a garden having a cigarette at a party. 

“I looked him straight in the eye, then I ‘douched’ him in the face and the screaming started,” he told the newspaper.

Off said that using acid was “a win-win situation” because it was cheap and unlike carrying a gun or a knife, there is no penalty if you are caught with acid based chemicals.

On Friday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd urged business owners to help tackle the “scourge” of acid attacks after an Evening Standard investigation revealed how industrial-strength chemicals can be easily obtained with no questions asked.

Acid Buying By The Evening Standard

Despite a recent spate of horrific acid attacks across London, the probe found that acid potent enough to cause terrible injuries could be bought from high street shops for cash without checks.

In response to the findings, Ms Rudd said: “Acid attacks are truly horrendous and vicious crimes which can devastate victims both physically and psychologically.

“It is hard to understate how vital retailers will be in the fight against this scourge crime. The availability of these products – many of them everyday household items – means that it will be tremendously difficult to ensure these harmful substances never get into the wrong hands.

“That is why I urge store owners and sales assistants, those working on the front line of this particular battle, to be vigilant and to report any concerns to the police. Only by working together – Government, law enforcement, retailers and private citizens – can we win the fight against this menace crime.”

In the latest attack in London, a man was sprayed in the face with “acid” in his own home by an attacker after advertising his iPhone for sale online.


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