3 year old British boy suffers injury after being targeted in acid attack
—- Worcester —-
A British boy, just 3 years of age, suffered serious injuries after being attacked with an unknown substance in a Worchester shop. Police suspect the boy was deliberately targeted, says the West Merica Police
Police are still examining what kind of substance was used in the attack, but its very likely to be a sort of acid. The boy has been brought to a nearby hospital with serious burn wounds on his face and his arm. Chief Superintendent Mark Travis, of West Mercia Police, said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.”
A 39 year old resident of Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.
The police has spread camera footage displaying 3 men the police would like to speak with, involving the attack.
The West Merica Police stated on their website “The three men in the photo may have information vital to our investigation. I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
Shoppers have described seeing emergency services heading to the shop where the three-year-old boy was allegedly attacked by a “skinny white guy“.
22 year old Rachel Bryant said: “There were loads of police and ambulances. I saw a woman crying and being comforted by police. I didn’t know what it was all about.
Another shopper, who did not want to be named, said: “I heard from someone who works at the shop that the man [who attacked the boy] was a skinny white guy.
Last year police has revealed that the UK has one of the higest rates of acid attacks in the world, with over 400 attacks reported across the country in a period of 6 months, meaning an average of more than two attacks per day.
Two people have so far died as a result of acid attacks, with many more left with life-changing injuries, and pressure has been mounting on authorities to act.