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Acid attacks – let’s try spreading some facts for a change

By on July 6, 2017 in Crime & Policing

The ugly side of social media is causing problems in the borough as it being used to spread rumours and conspiracy theories about acid attacks which have no basis in fact. We thought we would publish some of those pesky fact things to balance things out a little.

Fake news may be fashionable but we just ain’t that trendy.

Acid Attack Facts

  • In Tower Hamlets there have been no race/hate crimes reported involving corrosive substances. None. Nada. Zilch. Zero. Nowt.
  • In Newham there was an acid attack on 21 June and this is being treated as a hate crime. It is being rigorously investigated.
  • The Newham incident is only the second report in the last 12 months within the whole of London of such an incident having a hate crime link.
  • In 2016 there were 455 offences recorded where a corrosive/acid substance was used for all of London
  • In 2017 so far there have been 149 offences for all of London.
  • Of these 149 crimes 11 have been in Tower Hamlets. But none of them were race or hate crimes.

Acid Attack Data

Still unconvinced? Below is a table showing the number of acid attack offences in London between 2010 and 2016. Data for 2017 is not compared as we only have it for two months. This data does not cover only race / hate crimes – it includes all offences involving acid attacks.

From this data you can see that when each borough is ranked by total acid attack crimes between 2010-2016 Tower Hamlets is in fourth place with a total of 90 attacks.

Newham is by far the worst borough with over four times as many acid attacks than Tower Hamlets –  411.

Second is Barking & Dagenham with 152 attacks and third is Havering with 108 attacks .

Acid Attacks* in London 2010 – 2016

Borough 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Total 2010-2016 2017 (Jan-Feb)
London Total 293 259 162 210 166 261 454 1805 49
Newham 13 27 21 71 54 76 149 411 5
Barking & Dagenham 17 13 5 15 15 29 58 152 3
Havering 26 27 8 9 6 7 25 108 1
Tower Hamlets 5 7 2 4 6 24 42 90 0
Redbridge 4 2 6 2 11 26 27 78 0
Barnet 12 12 10 4 7 3 10 58 1
Hackney 9 0 5 2 3 15 21 55 0
Croydon 10 11 13 10 2 2 4 52 0
Sutton 25 9 5 3 3 6 0 51 1
Ealing 8 12 13 7 2 1 5 48 0
Hillingdon 11 11 6 8 1 5 5 47 4
Hounslow 15 9 6 4 3 3 7 47 0
Islington 11 10 4 0 4 8 9 46 2
Waltham Forest 10 2 3 5 1 3 15 39 0
Westminster 14 9 3 4 1 4 3 38 0
Hammersmith & Fulham 5 9 6 7 3 1 4 35 2
Lewisham 8 12 2 1 3 2 7 35 0
Brent 4 9 2 5 4 3 7 34 4
Bromley 14 4 6 2 3 2 3 34 0
Greenwich 6 9 1 3 4 2 9 34 2
Southwark 8 7 4 1 5 4 3 32 0
Enfield 4 3 5 3 4 7 5 31 0
Harrow 4 8 3 6 2 4 4 31 3
Camden 5 4 2 9 3 5 1 29 4
Richmond Upon Thames 4 11 2 5 1 2 4 29 4
Haringey 7 2 2 1 6 2 6 26 1
Kingston Upon Thames 9 4 4 0 0 1 8 26 2
Lambeth 9 0 4 2 2 2 6 25 0
Merton 6 3 2 7 1 4 2 25 3
Wandsworth 5 5 4 3 1 3 1 22 5
Bexley 3 4 2 5 1 4 1 20 1
Kensington & Chelsea 2 4 1 2 4 1 3 17 1

* Victims of “Causing explosions, sending explosive substance or throwing corrosive fluids with intent to grievous bodily harm” or Total Notifiable Offences where there is present on the crime record the feature code CB – Noxious or corrosive gas used e.g. acid thrown 1st January 2010 to 28th February 2017.

Data Source: Metropolitan Police Service response to FOI request: http://bit.ly/2tVvi2t

The police have issued a press statement saying that “There is no evidence that any group of people, white, black or Asian is being specifically victimised.”

Zero Tolerance

They have increased targeted patrols to combat individuals carrying and using such substances and have reiterated that they will not tolerate any attack using corrosive and noxious substances on anyone whoever they are, whatever their race or colour.

Tower Hamlets Borough Commander Williams is asking for anyone who has been a victim of a corrosive attack to report it in confidence and promises that victims will be fully supported.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Tower Hamlets CID via 101 or via Twitter @Metcc.

If you wish to give any information anonymously call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers-uk.org





 

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