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Clapham Acid Attack: Manhunt Launched After Thug Targets Mum And Children

"A man was seen fleeing the scene. We are drawing on resources from across the Met to apprehend this individual and work is ongoing to determine what has led to this awful incident."

A mother of two is feared blind after a man allegedly flung acid in her and her children’s faces, leaving her ‘ screaming’. Police are looking for the offender after nine persons were involved in the “chemical incident” in south London.

A witness claimed that the man threw a youngster aged two or three to the floor “twice” before hurling the liquid at the wife in the horrifying incident.

Officers descended to Lessar Avenue in Clapham, Lambeth, near Clapham Common, at 7.25 p.m. yesterday, with one guy fleeing the area. The woman and her children were taken to hospital for treatment, with a further three people also requiring medical help.

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A witness said he tried to wash the corrosive chemicals from the mum’s face and told Sky News: “It was horrific. First, a man grabbed a kid – a girl aged two or three from a white car. He threw her onto the floor – twice! It was the worst thing I’ve ever seen.

“The man then threw something at the woman. She was screaming, ‘my eyes! My eyes!’ I then ran into my house, grabbed a water bottle and threw water on her eyes. Her lips were black. Her skin looked burnt.”

The man’s partner, a woman in her 20s, noted that they had just returned from the hospital, as some of the substance had touched her.

London Fire Brigade said personnel were “called to a chemical incident on Lessar Avenue” and provided emergency care to a woman and her children. And the London Ambulance Service said nine people were treated at the scene, five of whom were taken to a major trauma centre.

The additional three are believed to have come to the others’ aid, with three officers attending the incident having sustained reportedly minor injuries. Metropolitan Police officers are yet to make any arrests, but the service has employed all available resources – including the National Police Air Service – to aid in their investigations.

Detective Superintendent Alexander Castle said officials are testing the substance, and at this stage they believe it is “corrosive”.

He said: “While tests are ongoing to determine what the substance is, at this stage we believe it to be a corrosive substance. A man was seen fleeing the scene. We are drawing on resources from across the Met to apprehend this individual and work is ongoing to determine what has led to this awful incident.”

Police have asked any members of the public who believe they can aid the investigation with information or material to call 999 immediately quoting the reference CAD 7790/31 Jan. Detective Superintendent Alexander Castle said: “Officers are on scene following this horrific incident.

“Three victims – a woman and her two young children – have been taken to hospital for treatment. Three other people – all adults – have been taken to hospital for injuries sustained, we believe, as they came to their aid.

“We will update as soon as we know more about their conditions. Three police officers have also been taken to hospital after they responded to the incident. Thankfully we believe their injuries to be minor.

“While tests are ongoing to determine what the substance is, at this stage we believe it to be a corrosive substance.

“A man was seen fleeing the scene. We are drawing on resources from across the Met to apprehend this individual and work is ongoing to determine what has led to this awful incident.

“The National Police Air Service are assisting us. Any members of the public who can help us with information or material should call 999 immediately ref CAD 7790/31 Jan.”

Charles Walton for SurgeZirc UK
Charles Walton for SurgeZirc UK
Charles Walton, a renowned writer for SurgeZIrc UK, has been covering local and world news for years. With his deep understanding of global affairs and his dedication to uncovering the truth, Walton has become a trusted source of information for readers around the world.
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