The streets of Britain are safer than many other places when it comes to firearms. With every strict gun laws, there is an average of approximately 60 total gun homicides in England and Wales. But a troubling trend has begun there and criminals have resorted to the simplest of products to use as deadly weapons.
Acid-like substances have been used in a number of attacks recently and many of them have been gang-related. On April 17 at the Mangle nightclub in London, 20 people were injured – two permanently blinded in one eye – when what police identified as a “corrosive fluid” was thrown into a crowd during a large fight.
Statistics show that these types of attacks in London rose by an astronomical 74 percent from 2015 (261) to 2016 (454), with only 166 being recorded in 2014.
Substances such as bleach and drain cleaner are easy to obtain and have been used by criminals in a number of different cases against people known to them and otherwise, such as one on April 21 when bleach was thrown from a vehicle at two pedestrians’ eyes, one of them a pregnant woman.
Two of the women injured in the April 17th attack at the London nightclub are interviewed in the news report below. Australian sister Prue Fraser, 20, and her sister, Isobella, 22 were not the target of the attack, but were innocent bystanders who were sprayed with the acid.
Court sketch of Andre Phoenix (left) and Arthur Collins who are charged in relation to the alleged acid attack at Mangle nightclub. pic.twitter.com/FMXJwO9uvI
— Jon Ironmonger (@JonIronmonger) April 24, 2017
— Capital London News (@CapitalLONnews) April 23, 2017
— Hackney Gazette (@hackneygazette) April 18, 2017
H/T: USA Today
In the following video, five horrific acid attacks are exposed, revealing the seriousness of this growing crime.
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