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1 September 2017, 07:38
Police Appeal After Corrosive Substance Attack
Police are appealing for the public’s help after a delivery driver was sprayed in the face during an attempted robbery.
The video shows the terrifying moment a man on a bike approached a delivery driver in his car and demanded money. When the driver said he had no money the man sprayed him in the face with something that smelled like ammonia.
The liquid burned the driver’s face and he ran to a nearby takeaway where he called the police while the suspect rode off.
The 21-year-old victim was taken to hospital and received treatment for this injuries, which are said not to be life-changing.
Police have released the video in the hope that a member of the public can help them identify the suspect.
Two people can be seen in the video passing the incident and police believe others witnessed the attack.
The incident happened on Tuesday, 2 May around 6:20pm in Dane Place, Bow in east London.
Police say the suspect is a white youth, wearing a black hooded top, blue jeans, black shoes and a grey/green snood. He was riding a black hybrid bike.
Detective Constable Paul Clare, the officer in the case from Tower Hamlets CID, said: "This was a horrible assault on a takeaway delivery driver in the early evening. Witnesses were in the area and saw the assault. We are asking them to come forward and help us with our enquiries."
If you have any information about this attack you can contact Tower Hamlets CID on 101 . Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Yesterday NHS England released official guidance on what to do in the event of an attack with a corrosive substance: Report. Remove. Rinse. Find out exactly what to do here.