From daily The Independent in Britain today:
Arrest made over acid attack on aspiring model and cousin in east London
‘I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same,’ says victim
Ian Johnston, Agencies
A man has been arrested in connection with an acid attack on an aspiring model and her cousin.
John Tomlin was held on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent over the alleged attack in Beckton, east London, on 21 June. …
Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar, 37, were attacked by a man throwing acid through their car window on Ms Khan’s 21st birthday.
Both suffered life-changing injuries in the attack that took place just after 9.10am on Tollgate Road.
In the days afterwards, Ms Khan said: “I’m devastated. I keep wondering if my life will ever be the same.”
In a Facebook post, she stressed he did not want the incident to “fuel a division among people“.
“There will always be a sick and twisted minority … make peace with each other and the world,” she said.
Mr Mukhtar has said he feels “emotionally wrecked” and “in continuous pain”.
In an emotional interview with Channel 4 News, Mr Mukhtar described the feeling as “like somebody’s ironing me 24/7”.
Scotland Yard said their investigation into the incident was continuing.
ATTACKS and threats of violence directed at mosques have more than doubled since last year, damning figures show today. Police forces recorded 110 hate crimes against Muslim places of worship across Britain between March and July this year, up from 47 over the same period in 2016: here.
Tuesday 11th July 2017
posted by Steve Sweeney in Britain
PARLIAMENT is set to debate the current surge in acid attacks on Muslims across London following pressure from campaign groups.
East Ham Labour MP Stephen Timms, who has arranged next week’s Commons debate, said the attacks were “causing a lot of concern to many residents in Newham,” the east London borough that includes his constituency.
In another response to the spate of attacks targeting people of Asian appearance, a petition calling for the licensing of the sale of corrosive materials has received more than 300,000 signatures.
Cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Mukhtar suffered horrific “life-changing” injuries when a man squirted acid in their faces while their car was waiting at traffic lights in Beckton, east London, last month.
John Tomlin, whom police had named as the chief suspect, handed himself into an east London police station on Sunday and was still in custody yesterday.
A vigil called by Stand Up to Racism was held in Stratford on Wednesday evening (pictured), when around 100 people, including local councillors and members of the Muslim community, congregated to condemn the acid attacks.
Anti-racist campaigner Maz Saleem, whose father was murdered by a nazi sympathiser in 2013, told the Star: “There has been an increase in acid attacks in east London recently where the victims have mainly been Muslims.
“The authorities need to address the pressing issue of Islamophobia that is burning through the world right now.
“Islamophobic hate crime has increased by 41 per cent this year already.
“Authorities urgently need to draw the links between this recent spate of acid attacks and Islamophobia, refusing to acknowledge this will further such horrific attacks.”
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Wednesday 30th August 2017
posted by Conrad Landin in Britain
AN ATTACKER remained on the loose yesterday after spraying acid at two young men.
Police cars, ambulances and fire engines headed to Poplar High Street in east London late on Monday night after reports that a “noxious substance” had been used.
A 17-year-old boy was taken to hospital but police said he had not suffered any injuries. A 20-year-old man was said to have suffered “minor injuries to his eyes.”
The attacker was described as a white man, aged about 19 to 25, with short blond hair. He was wearing a grey cap and left the scene in a red car.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers from Tower Hamlets CID are investigating. No arrests have been made. Enquiries continue.”
The incident took place hours after acid was sprayed during the bustling Notting Hill Carnival in west London. Three people suffered skin irritation.
Later at the carnival, screaming crowds dispersed after reports of another attack. And a young woman told of how an idiot prankster, filmed by his friends, had soaked her face in liquid he told her was acid, only to reveal that it was just water.
Britain has seen a spike of acid-throwing incidents in recent years, many taking place in the London borough of Newham, which lies just east of Poplar High Street.
In London, the number of acid-related crimes has doubled from 200 in 2014 to 431 in 2016.
The Crown Prosecution Service has said it will seek to charge thugs caught carrying corrosive substances with “possession of an offensive weapon,” which could mean a jail term of four years.
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