Teen denies committing Hackney acid attacks

Police arrive at one of the attacks in Clapton Pic: @999London Twitter

A Croydon teen has denied his involvement in last week’s acid attacks in Hackney and Islington.

The Met Police said the 16-year-old was arrested after last Thursday’s 90-minute acid attack spree in north London that left one of the victims with “life-changing” injuries.

The teenager allegedly targeted five moped-riding victims, squirting them in the face with a corrosive substance and stealing at least two of the victims’ vehicles.

He is charged with 13 offences including possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance, five counts of grievous bodily harm, four counts of attempted robbery, and two counts of robbery. He denies all of them.

The Press Association reported the teen wore a grey tracksuit at the Stratford Youth Court hearing yesterday afternoon and spoke only to confirm his details and enter pleas.

He also faces another charge of robbery of a moped on June 25 in a separate incident, which he also denies.

The teen, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was accompanied by his sister in court.

The defendant will remain in custody and will appear at Wood Green Crown Court on August 14.

A 15-year old boy was also arrested on Friday in connection with Thursday’s attacks on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery. He has been released on bail until early August.

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