A corrosive substance attack on two young men - which left one permanently blinded - has prompted the independent charity Crimestoppers to launch an appeal, offering a reward of up to £5,000 for anonymous information.
On the morning of Monday, 7 December 2020, at about 08:10hrs the two victims, a 25 and a 19-year-old man, were walking along Thornton Road in Thornton Heath towards Thornton Heath Pond roundabout.
As they walked towards the pedestrian crossing, near the junction with Gonville Road, they were approached by the suspect, a man they did not know.
The suspect threw a cup of corrosive liquid over the two teenagers before continuing in the same direction and then turning right onto Limpsfield Avenue.
At this stage, the suspect and the motive behind the attack are unknown.
The perpetrator of this acid attack had been seen by one of the victims a few months earlier, on Monday 7 September, when he called at their address claiming to have a letter for him.
When the victim went into the street (as seen in the CCTV footage) the suspect punched him in the face twice with a bicycle chain wrapped around his fist.
The suspect is described as a white or Asian male, slim build with a black hooded jacket, and dark coloured trousers and shoes/boots. On each occasion he was wearing a light blue medical mask and a dark coloured baseball cap.
Both victims were hospitalised following the attack, with the 19-year-old victim now suffering from permanent loss of sight.
***To support officers with their investigations, Crimestoppers is offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information the charity exclusively receives – either online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling freephone 0800 555 111 - that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for this acid attack in Thornton Heath, Croydon***
Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said:
“This horrific incident has left a young man with life-changing injuries, both victims traumatised and has shocked the community of Thornton Heath in Croydon. The individual behind the acid attack could strike again, so it’s critical that anyone who knows or has suspicions about who was involved contacts our charity 100% anonymously.
“We need the public’s help to bring those involved to justice and help the victim to recover and the community to feel a dangerous individual is no longer a threat. Do you have information about the man in the CCTV images? Every piece of information may be vital to this investigation.
“You can tell our charity what you know 100% anonymously. Always. Please do the right thing by calling our UK Contact Centre, which is open 24/7, on freephone number 0800 555 111 or you can use our simple and secure anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Our charity has been taking crime information since we began supporting the public to speak up anonymously since the 1980s. Every day over a thousand people trust our charity with their crime information. Nobody will know you contacted us, only you and you’ll be doing the right thing and helping to protect the wider community.”
DC Dimitri Savathrakis, of the South Area CID reactive team, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack on two innocent victims and we are doing everything in our power to bring the person responsible to justice.
“The victims were left shaken, injured and their lives changed forever as a result of this individuals actions.
“We hope that this new appeal will uncover new information and I urge anyone with information to come forward, 100% anonymously, to Crimestoppers.”
***Information passed directly to police will not qualify for our reward. Only information passed to Crimestoppers’ using our untraceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org or via our 0800 555 111 freephone number will qualify***
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