Lakeside acid shocker

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Police have arrested two teenagers after a nasty acid attack near Lakeside Shopping Centre.

Noxious liquid was thrown at four men aged in their 20’s on the footbridge linking Chafford Hundred train station and intu Lakeside shopping centre in Grays.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and is in custody for questioning.

A 17-year-old boy who was previously arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm also remains in custody for questioning. After the attack he was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Disturbance

Police were called shortly before 8.10pm on Monday 25 February to the footbridge and found that the four victims, were involved in a disturbance with a group of three men.
One of the suspects threw a liquid at them, which irritated their skin. They were taken to hospital with irritation to their eyes. These were not believed to be life changing or life threatening injuries.

Two officers were also treated at the scene after coming into contact with the substance.
Police are continuing to search for two other people believed to have been involved in the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector David Browning said: “Our enquiries are progressing and we’d like to thank members of public who came to the aid of the victims before emergency services arrived and to witnesses who have already come forward with information to help our investigation.

“Incidents of this nature are thankfully rare and the victims are fortunately not severely injured.

“But I understand people will naturally be concerned and we have extra patrols in the area, so I urge anyone with information either about this incident or any concerns to please speak to them.”

Residents have expressed their concerns over the incident that was so close to the popular shopping centre. One resident said who did not want to be named: “Lakeside is great but we are starting to think it is attracting London gangs. There was another acid attack and a stabbing in the last year or so.

“So many kids hang out there but it needs to be patrolled more by community officers to stop these voilent attacks and keep everyone safe.”

Anyone with information to call Grays CID on 101 quoting incident 1136 of February 25.

Alternatively, contact the Crimestoppers charity 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use the anonymous online form at Crimestoppers-uk.org

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