Teen arrested after five linked acid attacks in east London

A teenager has been arrested following five attacks in north-east London which involved corrosive substances being thrown in peoples’ faces.

They all happened within 90 minutes in Hackney, Stoke Newington and Islington on Thursday night and detectives are treating them as linked.

The attacks began at 22:25 BST on Thursday in Hackney Road.

The teenage male is being held at an east London police station on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

The victims were taken to hospital, with one of them suffering “life-changing injuries”.

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