CARRYING acid should be made into an offence, a Labour MP urged yesterday as two teenagers were arrested after a spate of acid attacks in London.
Stephen Timms, who will lead a debate on acid attacks in Parliament on Monday, called for carrying corrosive liquids to be an offence and for their purchase to be licensed.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think that carrying acid should in itself be an offence, in the same way that carrying a knife wouldn’t have been an offence some years ago,” he said.
The call came as two tenenagers, aged 15 and 16 were arrested for questioning over five acid attacks which occured in the space of 90 minutes across east London on Thursday evening.
The two male suspects doused their victims with a corrosive substance before stealing two of their vehicles. One victim has suffered life-changing injuries.
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said the attacks have “shocked the nation” and urged action from the government to tackle “this heinous crime.”
Met chief Cressida Dick told LBC radio that the police and Home Office will be looking into tighter regulations for purchasing acid.
However the National Police Chiefs’ Council warned it would be virtually impossible to ban the sale of all corrosive substances because many are household products such as bleach.
Parliament will debate the licensing of corrosive liquids on Monday after a petition gathered over 300,000 signatures.