Five Injured After Acid Attack At London Carnival

Jacob Bojesson | Foreign Correspondent

Five people were injured in an alleged acid attack during the Notting Hill Carnival in London over the weekend.

A “mild acidic liquid” was thrown at attendees at the festival Sunday night. The Metropolitan Police said Monday that three people reported “skin irritation” while another two were hurt in a subsequent stampede. No one has been arrested following the attack.

“Some of the crowd in the area then quickly dispersed, causing injuries to two people, who have since received treatment from the London Ambulance Service at the scene,” A Met spokesman said, according to The Telegraph. “Three people have also reported skin irritation injuries, although these are not thought to be serious.”

Organizers had increased security amid warnings of a potential vehicle or acid attack. At least 122 people were arrested during the weekend — a drop of around 20 percent compared to 2016.

Acid attacks have become increasingly common in the United Kingdom over the past few years. More than 1,800 attacks have been reported since 2010, with 458 of them taking place last year, according to BBC.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd called for a review of the current legislation in July to make sure offenders “feel the full force of the law.”

“We can and will improve our response,” Rudd wrote in the Times of London. “It will include a wide-ranging review of the law enforcement and criminal justice response, of existing legislation, of access to harmful products and of the support offered to victims.”

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