Britain will look at tougher punishments for people who attack others using acid, interior minister Amber Rudd said on Sunday, after a spate of incidents in London in recent months, told Reuters.
Five acid attacks on moped riders in less than 90 minutes across east London on Thursday left several people with facial burns, the latest in what Rudd described as a “worrying increase” in reports of attacks where acid or similar substances had been used as a weapon.
400 acid or corrosive substance attacks were carried out in 6 months up to April 2017, according to figures from 39 forces in UK, Wales.
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“We can and will improve our response,” Rudd wrote in an article for the Sunday Times newspaper.
“It will include a wide-ranging review of the law enforcement and criminal justice response, of existing legislation, of access to harmful products and of the support offered to victims.”