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Editor’s comment: Get tough on acid thugs

PUBLISHED: 08:00 30 August 2017

Vigil at Stratford Station for cousins Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan who were attacked with acid. Picture: KEN MEARS

Vigil at Stratford Station for cousins Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan who were attacked with acid. Picture: KEN MEARS

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We are clearly in the grip of a new emergence of violent crime - acid attacks.

Much has been said about the reasons. Is it gangs turning away from knives as a weapon of choice? Is it due to a toughening of sentences for knife crime where thugs have also spotted a weakness in the criminal justice system when it comes to the use of acid as a weapon? Is it due to poor regulation and the ease of purchasing acidic substances of high strength?

It’s probably a bit of everything mixed together which is why it’s such a dangerous scenario.

But don’t be fooled that these are down to mainly gang-related attacks.

Knife crime is not exactly reducing and acid attacks don’t appear to be the hallmark of the gangs some would be familiar with in London. Some attacks almost seem random, with robbers also switching to acid as a weapon.

What’s for certain is that if we don’t get very tough, very soon then the damage done to communities will be huge.


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