Victim is doused with gallons of water after shocking acid attack spree in London

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Shocking footage shows the moment a victim of a moped gang’s acid spree through London is doused with gallons of water to cleanse his face of a corrosive substance.

The victim, thought to be the first in the string of attacks, was sprayed with acid as two moped riders targeted five victims in the capital in just 90 minutes.

As people pour gallons of water over the man’s head, officers can be heard saying: “Where’s it hurting mate? Is it in your eyes?”

“Keep your eyes open… as best you can mate. How’s the pain?”


Acid attack: Takeaway delivery drivers rushed to help a victim in Hackney, east London (Twitter/@sarah_cobbold)

The footage emerged on social media in the hours after the attack.

One victim was left with life-changing injuries following the spree on Thursday night.

The attackers first struck as a 32-year-old moped rider, thought to be the man in the video, waited at a junction in Hackney, east London.

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They tossed the noxious substance into his face before one of them jumped on to his vehicle and drove away.

Dramatic images posted on social media showed takeaway delivery drivers gather at the scene in a bid to help the injured man.

Police said the man had gone to an east London hospital and they were awaiting an update on his injuries.


Crime scene: Police rushed to the scene of one attack in Upper Clapton (Twitter/@999London)

Just 20 minutes later, at around 10.50pm, another victim was sprayed with searing liquid on the Upper Street in Islington. 

He was taken to hospital in north London. 

A third victim was targeted 11.05pm in Shoreditch High Street and suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Within 15 minutes, the pair appeared to have struck again, launching a corrosive substance at a man on Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington.

The fourth victim suffered “life-changing” facial injuries, police said.

Another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatworth Road, Hackney before 11.37pm, when police were called.

A final assault of the night was reported to police at 11.37pm, when another man was confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road, Hackney.

After spraying the liquid in a victim’s face, the moped was stolen and both attackers fled.

A male teenager has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. He is being held at an east London police station.

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