Three males, each in their 20’s, arrested in Walthamstow, East London.
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Three ‘men’ have been arrested following a vile and totally abhorrent suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy that left him seriously injured.
The child was “deliberately attacked” at a branch of Home Bargains in Worcester at around 14:00 hours on Saturday 21st July according to reports from West Mercia Police.
The three ‘men’, aged 22, 25 and 26, were arrested with the assistance of the Metropolitan Police in London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm.
News of the attack has left many people feeling incredibly angry and upset at the thought that anyone could target a defenceless child in such a disgusting, abject and appalling manner.
The young boy has now been discharged from hospital after he was treated by specialist staff for serious burns to his arm and face.
A spokesperson for West Mercia Police said that the “long-term implications” for the boy following the acid attack are not known.
Ch Supt Mark Travis has said that the ‘motive’ for the attack is “unclear”.
The three individuals arrested in connection with the attack were picked up by Police in Walthamstow, East London.
The three-year-old boy was in a pushchair with his family at Shrub Hill Retail Park, in Tallow Hill, when “acid or a corrosive substance” was “thrown at or sprayed towards him” according to Police Officers involved in the investigation.
Ch Supt Travis said the family is receiving specialist medical and police support.
“We are hoping the injuries won’t be life changing. They are serious and at the moment it’s just that little bit too soon to say, but things look positive.
“Everything that can be done to provide support is being done, support for the family has been great.
“I absolutely understand the community will be concerned, these are life changing incidents, this is something that lasts forever and we need to send a message that this is unacceptable.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) confirmed that its medics were called to the scene and liaised with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) for specialist advice regarding giving emergency treatment to the young boy.
HART Medics receive specialist training in order to deal with and advise on incidents which involve, amongst other things, noxious and hazardous substances.
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WMAS Medics treated the boy at the shop where the incident occurred before he was rushed to the nearest hospital.
Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, described the attack as “horrific”.
“The shock will be universal. Anyone conducting such an attack on a small child is just appalling,” he said.
When we shared details regarding the incident on Sunday evening following an article that was published on Sky News, our followers were incensed by the despicable and disgraceful attack.
One follower commented: “They actually need to be put down wtf is going on a child of three for Christ sake”.
Another said “Sounds like we need a marksman and some .408 – 3 rounds should do it” – such is the anger and upset that has been widely expressed by the British public.
If you have any information which you think might help the Police with their enquiries, then please call the non-emergency Police number 101.
The team here at Emergency Services News wish the young boy a speedy recovery and we truly hope that the individual(s) responsible for this attack get the toughest sentence possible.
Anyone who targets a child with violence deserves to be taken out of society on a permanent basis.
Those responsible for these sort of attacks represent the worst of humanity and are a disgrace to the human race.
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