Second boy, 16, held over over acid attacks

A takeaway delivery driver is fighting for his life and will probably be left blind after he was sprayed in the face with acid in an attempted robbery in Walthamstow

A takeaway delivery driver is fighting for his life and will probably be left blind after he was sprayed in the face with acid in an attempted robbery in Walthamstow

The suspects then produced a corrosive substance and sprayed him in the face.

They demanded he hand over his keys to his moped, and when he refused a struggle broke out.

His helmet visor was up and he received severe injuries to his eyes and face, while also inhaling the substance.

Police at the scene where a delivery driver had acid thrown in his face after an attempted robbery of his scooter in Walthamstow, North-East London.

Officers from the Metropolitan Police attended the scene along with the London Ambulance Service and the London Fire Brigade.

Members of the public went to the victim's aid, pouring water on his wounds, and he now remains in hospital in a critical condition.

The 16-year-old was arrested on Saturday night and remains in custody at an east London police station.

On Friday, a 14-year-old boy who was arrested also on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. "He may lose the sight in both eyes", the Guardian reported on Sunday.

"This attack has left a man fighting for his life and with awful eye injuries", Det Ch Insp Gordon Henderson said.

"This was an innocent man going about his work as a delivery driver, who may never see again".

Detectives are also investigating a second attack which took place half an hour later on Yarmouth Crescent in Tottenham. Delivery drivers have protested a lack of protection from acid attacks after being repeatedly targeted.

The attackers, who were riding their own moped, had tried to steal Nawshad's £2,500 scooter right after he made a pizza delivery at a house on Walpole Road in the area around 6pm, according to media reports.

Police "strongly suspect" the attacks are linked, the BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw said.

A Bangladeshi man is fighting for his life in a hospital and on the verge of losing his eyesight completely after being the victim of a vicious acid attack in London.

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