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Man Blinded By Stranger In Street Acid Attack

A man has been blinded by a stranger who threw acid in his face following a row in an upmarket London street.

The 58-year-old hospital cleaner was walking to work when he got into the dispute with another man in Belgravia.

The man then produced a container and threw a liquid into the victim's face, leaving him blinded and in pain, police said.

The attack happened at 3.45am on Wednesday at the junction of Cambridge Street and Clarendon Street in one of the plushest parts of London.

Police were called by a resident who heard the victim shouting for help and saw him staggering along Cambridge Street, bumping into parked cars.

The victim was taken to a specialist hospital where he is receiving treatment for burns to his face.

Doctors believe the injuries were caused by some form of acid.

Early indications are that he will lose his sight.

Det Sgt Darren Nayler, from the Westminster Serious Violence Unit, described the attack as particularly vicious.

He said: "The suspect used the acid to deliberately injure the victim and the fact that he was carrying it around in his pocket in the first place suggests that he intended all along to use it to cause harm.

"The area around Belgravia is one of the safest in the borough and it is the first time we have seen an attack of this nature anywhere in Westminster."

The attacker is described as a dark-skinned male, wearing a hooded top possibly with writing across the front. His face was partially covered by a scarf.

:: Anyone with information is asked to call the Westminster Serious Violence Team at Belgravia Police Station on 020 7321 9315 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Added: Feb-28-2009 Occurred On: Feb-25-2009
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  • "Dark skinned male" , what a surprise. Sounds like Muslim tactics , they usually do this to their wives if dinner isn't on the table when they get home.

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  • islam style

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  • momo would be proud;)
    I wonder if he's converted yet

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  • A dark skinned male wearing a scarf and carrying acid? I guess it could have been an 'African-Englishman' who had a cold face and just so happens to be a chemistry teacher. (Right Libs?)

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  • Maybe if your family or close friend got attacked or killed by a criminal it would change your childish liberal ideology. If someone wants you dead, chances are they will succeed no matter what.
    Funny thing is you say fuck all about banning "acids"

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  • guns are not the answer to everything

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  • Nice, safe, gunfree society.

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    • How would a gun help?

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    • if the guy had a sidearm holstered, maybe the sicko would have thought twice before throwing acid in his face.

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    • Maybe the old guy could have protected himself? Maybe a good citizen could have held the assailant until police showed up? Maybe, just maybe, the guy with the acid would have thought twice about assaulting someone if he thought someone might have a gun?

      Who walks around with acid in their pockets anyway? A knife, I understand, a gun, brass knuckles, a suntetsu, but acid? Acid is a weapon of attack not a weapon of defense.

      Remember when seconds count, the cops are only minutes away!

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    • No offence intended but you are talking shite. He would have been taken by surprise or he would have covered his eyes. Afterwards, you can't shoot if you can't see. Unless you walk around with gun in hand you have no comeback.
      I ask again, how would a gun help? Once blinded he could have taken it from you and shot you.

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    • Americas answer to everything is guns , you should know that by now.

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  • It doesn't say if he's permanently blind. Hope not.

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  • I wouldn't live in London rent free. I believe 70% are of none UK origin. Not that I'm a racist, it's just they have a different culture to where I live.

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    • And your ancestors were probably from...where?

      Lets review very basic history.

      England was settled by outside gruips of people moving there, right? Germanic people, Danes, ect..

      So I guess in reality you are just like the "70% of non UK origin" people aren't you?

      And yes, you are racist.

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    • i live in a town where 30% of the population is portuguese we also have a lot of poles Latvians etc, most of these people try to integrate themselves, i don't have a problem with this , its the minorities that come here and refuse to accept they are living in the UK and want special treatment that piss me off, does this make me racist? as for the point you made about England being settled by outside "gruips" of people like Germanic people, Danes etc this is true to point ,but how far b More..

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    • Canada is so messed up that even the French set up a Country in the middle of Canada...

      ...And we all know how hard the French are to beat.

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    • YOU MUST BE THE ONLY ONE IN THE WORLD THAT KNOWS!!!!!!!! HOLY FUCK YOU ARE SMART!

      PLEASE MR.SMARTMAN DO TELL, DO TELL..

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  • a gun would have not helped if this man was blinded. How could he see to shoot anything?

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