A 10-year-old girl and two adults were sprayed with acid in a “random attack” by a stranger who knocked on their door.
Police, paramedics and firefighters rushed to Beaufort Park in Colindale at around 7.20pm yesterday (July 12) after reports of three people injured by a corrosive substance.
All three were rushed to hospital, but their condition is not life threatening.
A number of police officers were also treated at the scene, but none are in serious condition according to the metropolitan police.
Residents claimed two children and a woman were among the victims, but police confirmed that a child was among those injured in the attack.
A 36-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man were also injured, police said in the little girl, all three now discharged from hospital.
Shocked neighbors living in or near the Erwin House building where the attack took place said they believed three people were attacked after a “stranger” knocked on their door and dumped the substance .
Images were shared on social media of police officers pouring water bottles at colleagues on the street in an apparent attempt to wash off the corrosive substance.
This morning, the ground outside two of the apartments still appeared to have scorch marks left by the corrosive liquid.
Local resident Salwa Amrane, 30, described the aftermath of the attack as emergency services rushed to the block.
She said: “I saw a lot of ambulances, not one or two, but three. I saw a lot of policemen – they were stopping people when they tried to get the woman in the ambulance – half of her was burned as they tried to put her in the ambulance. ”
Emergency services are no longer on the scene today, but a paper sign was attacked on the door of Erwin House which read: “Warning, acid spill on wet ground. Please clean thoroughly.
The hallway of the building is thick with a chemical smell, while the floor outside two ground-floor apartments – one of which is believed to be the target of the attack – appeared to have been damaged by burns.
A large black stain is visible on the floor while streaks of liquid remain on the doorframe of one of the apartments.
Many took to social media to discuss the shocking incident.
One resident said: “All I saw was a child being rushed out. ”
Another added: “I saw a little girl go out in pajamas, no shoes, with a lady. Both were taken away in an ambulance. I’m sure it was an acid attack as the police arrived with bottled water.
Someone else added, “Apparently a stranger knocked on their door, they opened and were attacked. ”
Another, who claimed to know the victim, claimed that two children aged six and nine were victims of the attack.
They said the attack was “on the two children, six and nine. I believe they are my daughter’s friend,” they added.
No arrests have been made and an investigation into the circumstances is ongoing, Scotland Yard said.
Calling on anyone with information to come forward, Detective Sergeant Ewa Czura said this afternoon: “It is vital that we identify the suspect responsible for this attack and we need the public’s help.
“If you were in the area and witnessed the incident or have any information that could help you, I urge you to come forward and speak to the police.
“The information you have could be essential to our investigation and help bring justice to the victims and their families.”
Anyone with information can call the police on 101, tweet @MetCC quoting CAD 6733/12 July or contact an independent Crimestoppers charity, anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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This notice was published: 2021-07-13 16:39:43