Man, 23, arrested after Bethnal Green acid attack which left victims with shocking injuries

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A man has been arrested after an acid attack in east London which left its victims screaming in agony as skin “peeled off” their faces.

The 23-year-old was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent on Thursday after two men were targeted in Bethnal Green earlier this week.

He remains in custody at an east London police station.

Police officers were passing Roman Road at around 7pm on Tuesday when they were flagged down by the two victims, aged 23 and 24.

Men hosed down by firefighters following acid attack

Paramedics rushed to the scene as dramatic footage emerged showing the pair in their underwear being washed down in front of shocked passers-by.

Both victims were taken to an east London hospital for treatment.


Emergency services at the scene of the incident in Bethnal Green (Rex Features)

Whilst their condition is not being treated as life threatening it is being treated as life changing, police said.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is asked to contact call police on 101, tweet @MetCC or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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