‘Recent acid attacks in London, including in Tower Hamlets, have understandably shocked and angered local residents in the East End.
Following today’s incident, we have been working with the police and using council CCTV footage to support their investigations to ensure those responsible are caught and face the full force of the law.
I want to send a clear message that using acid to disfigure people is a vicious and inhuman crime and we will not stand for it.
Much of tackling this problem rests with the police but I am looking urgently at what the council and other partners can do including what additional resources we can offer for police officers given the Government’s refusal to properly fund the police.
Given the concern about this new tactic, the Met Police should make clear they will treat acid attacks just as seriously as attacks with knives or other weapons’.