Spree of acid attacks in London alarming residents, politicians

Five linked acid attacks in quick succession by men on mopeds in London left several people injured, British police said Friday – the latest in a spate of such crimes that have alarmed residents and politicians.

The Metropolitan Police force said the 90-minute spree began late Thursday. Two men on a moped tossed a noxious substance into the face of a 32-year-old moped driver, then jumped into his vehicle and drove away.

The pattern was repeated across a swath of east London. At least one victim, a man in his 20s, was left with life-changing injuries, police said.

A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery and grievous bodily harm, and police appealed to the public for more information.

The assaults come after a spate of high-profile attacks, including one in which a man is accused of throwing acid at an aspiring model and her cousin as they sat in their car. A 25-year-old man has been charged in that case.

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