Home secretary announces selling acid to under 18s will be made illegal
- Credit: PA
The home secretary has pledged to make it illegal to sell acid to under 18s.
Speaking at the Conservative party conference in Manchester today, Amber Rudd branded attacks using acid and other noxious substances “revolting”.
She said: “You have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover. Endless surgeries. Lives ruined.
“So today, I am also announcing a new offence to prevent the sale of acids to under 18s.
“Furthermore, given its use in the production of so-called ‘mother of Satan’ homemade explosives, I also announce my intention to drastically limit the public sale of sulphuric acid.”
Ms Rudd also outlined a new consultation on offensive weapons, which will be published in the autumn.
New measures could include stopping the sale of knives online to someone under the age of 18, making it illegal to keep certain types of weapons - such as flick knives and zombie knives - at home, making it illegal to sell the most harmful corrosive substances to someone under the age of 18 and preventing people having a corrosive substance in public without good reason.
- 1 Dagenham and West Ham accused in court after drugs raids
- 2 Thunderstorms to hit London this evening warns Met Office
- 3 'Suspicious' Forest Gate construction fire under investigation
- 4 Schools and staff across east London up for national awards
- 5 Wanted: Five people Newham police wish to speak to
- 6 Romford West Ham fan accused of harassing Jewish man on flight
- 7 Third straight win takes Newham top of the table
- 8 Cycle paths joined up in Aldgate creates 'safe route' through east London
- 9 'Staffing crisis' impacts hospice's end of life care service
- 10 Warnings issued after four fox clubs found stuck in old car wheels
She said: “We are going to prevent children purchasing knives online, and we are going to stop people carrying acid in public if they don’t have a good reason.”