Woman attacked with acid in front of children

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Police appeal for information

POLICE in Newham are appealing for information after a woman had acid thrown in her face in front of children.

The 40-year-old victim suffered serious burns to her head following the attack on 24 March 2011.

She has since been discharged from hospital but police want to trace those responsible for the brutal attack.

The victim was attacked on 24 March at 3.50 pm shortly after picking up her children from school.

As she walked along Harold Road, Newham, she was approached by a man who threw the liquid in her direction.

Police and London Ambulance Service attended the scene and the woman was taken to an east London hospital with serious burn injuries to her head, with significant damage to her hair, as well as her shoulder and back. She was then moved to a specialist hospital for further medical treatment. She has since been discharged from hospital.

The liquid was later ascertained to be an acid-based substance.

The suspect was seen getting into the rear door of a mauve-coloured BMW with two Asian men also in the car. They drove off towards Terrace Road, E13.

The suspect is described as a black man, aged between 25-35 years old, approximately 5′ 10″ tall with short black hair. He was wearing a black top and dark jeans.

Detective Constable Phil Fox, Newham Violent Crime Unit, said: “This was a very serious incident against a woman picking up her young children from school. I urge anyone with any information to contact police to help bring those responsible for this terrible crime to justice.”

Five men arrested in connection with the attack have been released on police bail.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact Newham Violent Crime Unit on 020 7275 5711 or to remain anonymous call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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