Shocking moment thug squirts 'acid' in driver's face through car window in Bow

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This is the moment a thug sprays an acid-like substance in a delivery driver’s face, leaving him with burns, in an attempted robbery in east London.

The CCTV footage shows the hooded man using a bottle to squirt liquid at the victim as he sits in a car outside an address in Bow.

Police said the 21-year-old driver was entering details into a satnav when the suspect cycled up to him and demanded money through the open window.

When the victim said he did not have any, he was squirted in the face with a chemical that smelt of ammonia. Police said the suspect tried to open the locked driver’s door and eventually got in through the passenger’s side as the victim tried to wipe the liquid off his face.

The suspect approaches the car with a bottle visible in his right hand (Met Police)

The suspect then cycled off. The driver ran to the takeaway where he worked, which was nearby, and called police.

The driver was taken to hospital after the attack in Dane Place at 6.20pm on Tuesday May 2 and treated for facial injuries. Police have now released the footage and appealed for information,

A passerby walks past the incident in Bow, east London (Met Police)

This week, the NHS issued guidance for acid attack victims for the first time. It urged victims or witnesses of attacks to “report, remove, rinse”. 

People are told to call 999, carefully remove contaminated clothing and immediately rinse skin in running water. Figures showed a rise in the number of people in England requiring specialist help for acid injuries. In 2014, 16 people required specialist medical advice, rising to 25 in 2015 and 32 last year, NHS England said. In London there were 454 acid attacks last year of varying degrees of severity, up from 261 in 2015. 

The suspect eventually jumped back on his bike and cycled off

Detective constable Paul Clare, of Tower Hamlets CID, said: “This was a horrible assault on a takeaway delivery driver. Witnesses were in the area and saw the assault. We’re asking them to come forward.” 

The suspect is described as a white youth wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans, black shoes and a grey or green snood. He was riding a black hybrid bike.

Police asked anyone with information to call Tower Hamlets CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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