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Appeal after corrosive substance thrown at a man in East Ham

News   •   Mar 05, 2018 13:03 GMT

Detectives in Newham are appealing for witnesses following an acid attack in East Ham which has left a man with life-changing injuries.

Officers were called at 16:00hrs on Monday, 12 February to reports of a corrosive substance thrown at a 24-year-old man in Burges Road, E6.

The victim suffered injuries to his face, arms and torso. He was taken by the London Ambulance Service to a south London hospital, where he remains with life-changing injuries.

The victim was walking along Burges Road when four men, believed to be aged in their late teens or 20s approached him in a silver Lexus with the number plate ‘Y56 PWJ’.

They stopped the car and asked the victim where he was from before getting out of the vehicle and assaulting him with a brick.

They then threw the corrosive substance in his face and made off towards High Street North, E6.

Three men aged - 27 [A],23 [B] and [C] 26 were arrested on Friday, 16 February. [A] and [B] have since been charged.

DS John Macleod of Newham CID, said: "This young man has been through a traumatic experience, one which will leave him with permanent reminders of the distress inflicted upon him.

"We’re keen to speak to anyone who may have been in the surrounding area at the time of the attack, or may have seen a silver Lexus heading in the direction of High Street North. Although two men have now been charged, we’re still keen to hear from any witnesses and anyone who may have heard anything, since.

"We are also continuing our search for the silver Lexus that was used by the suspects."

Anyone with information can contact Newham CID on 101 quoting CAD 5017/12FEB18. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.