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Efit of Stratford acid attack suspect released

News   •   Aug 18, 2017 17:49 BST

Efit of suspect wanted for questioning

Detectives investigating an attempted robbery where a noxious substance was thrown on the victim have released an e-fit of the suspect.

At around 23:30hrs on 22 May 2017, a 32-year-old man was walking along High Street, Stratford E15, towards Stratford London Underground station when he was approached by two men.

One of the men asked whether the victim wanted to buy cannabis, and demanded money.

The victim refused, and the suspect then threw a corrosive liquid in his face.

He ran to the station where he was assisted by station staff and ambulance called.

He was taken to an east London hospital, and later transferred to another hospital outside of London for further treatment. The victim suffered serious burn injuries, causing permanent scarring.

Despite carrying out CCTV enquiries, no arrests have been made and police from Newham borough are now releasing an e-fit of the suspect.

He is described as a man in his late 20s, of Mediterranean appearance, and of slim build. He was clean shaven, spoke with a London accent and was wearing a bright red hooded-top, a dark-coloured baseball cap and dark trousers.

DC Suhal Miah of Forest Gate CID said: "This was a horrific attempted robbery where the suspect didn't hesitate to spray his victim with a corrosive substance, knowing full well that it would likely cause life-changing injuries to his victim.

"We need to identify the man responsible, and we would urge anyone who thinks the e-fit looks familiar, or knows anything about the incident to come forward and talk to us."

Any witnesses or anyone with information about this robbery can call call Forest Gate CID on 0208 217 5820, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.