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Two acid attacks in two hours just 500 yards apart in London’s docklands

Joe Roberts for Metro.co.uk

Two acid attacks in two hours just 500 yards apart in London's docklands
The attacks were just 500 yards apart in London’s docklands (Picture: Google)

A man and a woman were attacked with acid in separate incidents two hours apart in London’s docklands.

In the first attack, a 26-year-old woman suffered life-changing injuries after she had strong acid flung in her face as she walked alone along a street.

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The victim, who did not see her attacker, was attacked in Westferry Road, near South Quay DLR station, just before 7pm on Wednesday.

In the second attack, an Asian man was leaving Crossharbour DLR station at 8.30pm when an alkaline solution was thrown at him.

The stations are less than half a mile apart.

Two acid attacks in two hours just 500 yards apart in London's docklands
A 26-year-old woman was attacked near South Quay DLR station (Picture: Google)

He was taken to hospital, where he has since been discharged. The first victim remains in hospital.

The male suspects in the second attack are described as white, in their early 20s, and are believed to have been in a Volkswagen.

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One of the suspects was wearing a grey hoodie and a baseball cap and the other had a short beard and was wearing a blue jacket.

No arrests have been made and detectives are trawling through CCTV images to try and identify the suspects in both attacks.

At this stage, police have not said if they are treating the two incidents as linked.

Two acid attacks in two hours just 500 yards apart in London's docklands
A second victim was attacked as he left Crossharbour DLR station (Picture: Getty)

Regarding the first attack, a Scotland Yard spokesperson said: ‘Someone has thrown this at her. She hasn’t seen who did this or how.

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‘In terms of whether the attacker was on foot or in a car or on a bike, we don’t have that level of detail.

‘There was nothing said and no discussion. At this stage nothing indicates she knows who the suspect is.’

Anyone who witnessed these incidents should call Tower Hamlets CID on 0208 754 4550 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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