Police are investigating two separate acid attacks on the evening of Wednesday 27th December 2017 at Canary Wharf Estate and Crossharbour DLR.
These are the first attacks involving the use of corrosive or noxious substances for over two months within Tower Hamlets.
Canary Wharf Estate attack
The first assault was at 18.50 hours within the Canary Wharf Estate.
Police were called to a report of a woman injured after having a noxious substance thrown on her. The substance has been tested and confirmed as a strong acid solution.
Officers attended along with the London Ambulance Service.
The victim, aged 36, was taken to hospital with life-changing burn injuries to her leg and face.
She had been walking alone when she was attacked.
The motivation for the attack is not known.
Serious burns to legs and face
The victim has serious burns to her face and legs and is currently in hospital undergoing treatment.
Police are currently with the victim and her family have been informed.
Met police contact for witnesses
Tower Hamlets CID are dealing with the Canary Wharf Estate attack.
Witnesses are asked to contact DC Bushell of Bethnal Green CID on 0208 754 4550 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Crossharbour DLR attack
The second assault was committed at 20.30 hours at Crossharbour DLR station, Manchester Road, E14.
An Asian male was with friends and about to exit the DLR station when he was assaulted with an alkaline solution.
The suspects are believed to have got out of a Volkswagen car and are described as two white males aged 20 – 22 yrs old, both approximately 5 feet 10 inches tall, one was dressed in a grey hooded top with a baseball cap, the other was in a blue jacket and had a short beard.
Injuries not serious
The victim was treated and discharged from hospital. His injuries are not serious. His family have been informed.
BTP contact for witnesses
British Transport Police (BTP) are dealing with the Crossharbour DLR investigation. Any witnesses should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 ( Ref: 451 / 27Dec17 ) or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Attacks not currently linked
At the moment there is nothing to link the two attacks.
Both MPS and BTP investigation teams are in close liaison and the circumstances will be reviewed for similarities as the details become clearer.