Two teenagers arrested after a series of acid attacks

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Acid attacks are on the rise. In London alone, Met figures suggest there have been 838 such attacks since 2015. Figures obtained by the BBC from 37 other UK police forces show a near three-fold increase since 2012/13. Last night (14th of July), two teenagers, a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old, have been arrested as police launch an investigation into a series of five acid attacks that took place in less than 90 minutes in East London.

One of the victims was said to have suffered “life-changing” injuries during one of the attacks, which were carried out by two male suspects on a moped. The Metropolitan police said the incidents on Thursday night appeared to be linked, and two involved victims having their mopeds stolen. Police said two male teenagers had been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.