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Second teen arrested after acid attacks ‘blinded’ delivery driver

Second teen arrested after acid attacks 'blinded' delivery driver
Nawshad Kamal was critically injured (Picture: Facebook)

A second teenager has been arrested after acid attacks on two separate fast-food delivery drivers in London, police said.

The 16-year-old boy was detained on Saturday night on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, following the assaults on Thursday night.

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One victim is still fighting for life, and suffered terrible eye injuries likely to leave him blind.

The Metropolitan Police also arrested a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on Friday, who has now been released under investigation.

The first victim, on a moped and on his way to deliver a pizza, was approached by two men who were also on a moped at about 6pm on Thursday on Walpole Road, Walthamstow, east London.

Second teen arrested after acid attacks 'blinded' delivery driver
Police at the scene where a delivery driver had acid thrown in his face (Picture: National)

As the men tried to steal the 32-year-old’s vehicle, they sprayed acid in his face.

His helmet visor was up and he received severe injuries to his eyes and face, while also inhaling the substance.

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Passersby went to the man’s aid, pouring water on his wounds, and he was taken to hospital where he remains in a critical condition.

Both suspects then fled on their moped, leaving the victim’s behind, police said.

Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Henderson, of Waltham Forest CID, said: ‘This attack has left a man fighting for his life and with terrible eye injuries.

Second teen arrested after acid attacks 'blinded' delivery driver
Police at the scene where a delivery driver had acid thrown in his face after an attempted robbery of his scooter in Walthamstow, North-East London. 3 Novemeber 2017. See National story NNACID

‘This was an innocent man going about his work as a delivery driver, who may never see again.

‘This is not a time to hesitate, if you have any information about this crime I would appeal that you immediately call police.

‘Your phone call could save some other innocent person; it is imperative that we arrest those responsible.’

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A second incident took place half an hour later on Yarmouth Crescent in Tottenham.

The next victim, also a 32-year-old delivery driver, was approached by two men on a scooter who attempted to steal his moped and sprayed him in the face with a corrosive substance.

The man was also treated in hospital, but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening or life-changing.

Police said it had ‘not been established’ whether the two attacks were linked, but it was an ‘active line of inquiry’.

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