Ansar Ahmed Ullah
Contributing Editor, Shottobani
London: In a statement released police said they are investigating crimes that have occurred recently across East London involving the use of corrosive substances during the commission of the offence. At this stage, there is nothing to suggest that these incidents are linked.
One of the offences, which took place in Newham on 21 June, is being treated as a hate crime and strenuous efforts continue to locate and arrest the suspect. This is only the second report in the last 12 months within the whole of London of such an incident having a hate crime link.
According to police in 2016 there were 455 offences recorded where a corrosive/acid substance was used across London, this year to date there have been 149. Of those 149 crimes across London this year, 11 have been in Tower Hamlets.
In Tower Hamlets, there is no evidence that any group of people, White, black or Asian is being specifically victimised. Police have increased targeted patrols to combat individuals carrying and using such substances, but it is important to remember that such crimes a still relatively rare. The police will not tolerate any attack using corrosive and noxious substances on anyone and will bring offenders to justice.
Police Supt Peter Turner said, ‘I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of a corrosive attack to report it with confidence. I am aware of the increased levels of fear within our community in relation to reporting of recent acid based crimes in Tower Hamlets and across London’.