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Renewed appeal following incident in which student injured with corrosive liquid


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13-Apr-2015 15:39

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The investigation into an incident in which a student had a corrosive liquid thrown into his face continues.

Detectives from the Trident Gang Command are renewing their appeals for information and are urging any witnesses to come forward.

At approximately 00:40hrs on Friday, 10 April, officers were called to St Marks Close, Fulham, where it was reported that a man had been stabbed and another had been dragged into a car.

Officers attended and found a 19-year-old man with stab injuries. He was taken to hospital where he was treated. He has since been discharged.

At approximately 00:50hrs, officers on patrol saw a silver Mercedes C220 Estate, with its boot open in Beverley Way, Kingston. They approached the vehicle, but it drove off and they pursued. They were unable to stop the vehicle and they returned to Beverley Way.

In Beverley Way they found a 20-year-old man who had suffered facial burns and had been assaulted. It is believed this is the same man who was seen being dragged into a vehicle in St Marks Close, Fulham.

London Ambulance Service was called and he was taken to south London hospital where he remains is in a stable condition

The victims have told officers that they were sprayed with a corrosive liquid. It is believed that at some point the 20-year-old victim ingested some of it and has injuries to his throat.

At this early stage in the investigation there are thought to be at least three suspects.

Detective Sergeant Paul Buckley, Trident Gang Command, said: “Our investigation is progressing and we are in close contact with the victim and his family whilst he is being treated for his injuries in hospital.

“At this early stage in our enquiries we are exploring a number of possible lines of enquiry as to what the motive for this particularly nasty crime could be.

“I would like to reiterate our appeals for witnesses and information and would reassure anyone concerned about contacting the police that they will be treated with the utmost sensitivity.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Trident Gang Crime Command on 020 8785 8580, or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.