Moped riders throw liquid in man's face during 'attempted robbery' near Harrods

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Thugs on mopeds threw an unknown liquid into a man’s face during a suspected attempted robbery near Harrods.

A 47-year-old man was rushed to hospital after being doused with liquid as he walked through Knightsbridge just after 8.30pm on Monday.

He was treated by paramedics at the scene in Walton Place, behind the world-famous department store, before being taken to a hospital in central London.

It is not yet known whether the liquid was a corrosive substance, Scotland Yard said.

The incident follows a recent spike in the number of acid attacks.

More than 400 were carried out in the six months up to April 2017, according to figures from 39 forces in England and Wales.

A Met Police spokesman said: “Officers from Kensington and Chelsea Borough are investigating, and at this early stage it is believed the liquid was thrown at the victim during an attempted robbery.”

The force said no arrests had been made at this stage and appealed for witnesses or anyone with any information to come forward.

The Met has said its response cars will now carry equipment that will help officers to better deal with calls to such attacks.

To give information anonymously, witnesses to Monday’s attack are urged to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit

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