Teen’s eyes ‘burned’ in Dagenham chemical assault
PUBLISHED: 11:13 09 September 2015 | UPDATED: 13:33 09 September 2015
A teenage boy suffered chemical burns after a corrosive substance was thrown onto his face in Dagenham.
Detectives investigating the assault on the 16-year-old have issued CCTV footage of three suspects.
Police were called to reports of a boy being assaulted in Downing Road, Dagenham, on Friday between 11.45pm and 11.55pm.
As the teen walked along Downing Road near the junction with Ford Road, a white van stopped and three men jumped out.
The suspects approached the teenager and started assaulting him using nearby rubbish bins.
One of the men, described as wearing khaki trousers, took a bottle from his pocket whilst another of the suspects continued to hit the victim repeatedly over the head.
The man then emptied the liquid contents of the bottle over the victim’s head causing his eyes and face to burn.
Forensic analysis is ongoing to determine the determine the nature of the liquid but at this stage it is believed to be a corrosive substance.
London Ambulance Service attended and treated the victim for suspected chemical burns.
He was then treated at an east London hospital and later discharged.
All three men are described as white, of large build and aged between 40 and 50.
Police are keen to hear from anyone who may know the three men or who saw what happened.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference number 188363 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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