9 people injured in suspected acid attack in London

February 1st, 2024

Nine people were injured after a caustic substance was thrown at a woman and two young children in south London.

At around 7.25pm โ€‹โ€‹on Wednesday 31 January, Metropolitan Police were called to reports of a woman and two children being injured by a suspected corrosive substance in Lesser Avenue, Clapham.

In addition, six people, three civilians and three police officers, were injured during the rescue. Five people involved were taken to the hospital.
Det Supt Alexander Castle said the officers’ injuries were minor, adding: “Tests are underway to establish what the substance is, but at this stage we believe it is a corrosive substance.” “I have,” he added.

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The scene where a man was seen running away. We have mobilized resources across the Met to arrest this individual and are currently working to uncover the cause of this horrific incident as quickly as possible.

A local politician said the women and children were in the car when they were attacked.

Marina Ahmad, Labor MP for Lambeth and Southwark, posted on X: โ€œThere was a road accident in which a man attacked the occupants of a car and spilled acid. The victims also include children.

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A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said firefighters used specialist equipment to detect corrosive substances believed to have been used in the first attack.

They added: “Firefighters were called to a chemical incident on Lesser Street in Clapham this evening.

“Emergency services, working with partners, provided emergency treatment to a woman and two children.

“Five other people were treated at the scene. They were all taken to hospital by London Ambulance Service. Crews also used specialized equipment to detect corrosive materials believed to have been used in the incident.

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“The brigade was called out at 7.35pm and firefighters finished the incident at 9.21pm. Two fire engines from Clapham and Battersea fire stations attended the scene.

A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service said:

“We dispatched a number of emergency responders to the accident scene, including two emergency responders, three paramedics, and members of the Hazardous Area Response Team.”

“We They treated nine people, five of whom were taken to major trauma centers. Three patients were transported to local hospitals and another was discharged at the scene. โ€


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