Three men have been arrested over an unprovoked acid attack against a three year old child in Worcester. It's understood the attackers, aged 22, 25 and 26, are being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm after their images were distributed by news outlets and they were identified. Police appealed for any information relating to the attack, and people came forward with information after the seriousness of the crime became obvious. The toddler was targeted at a Worcester Home Bargains on Saturday afternoon, with an unidentified substance being thrown in his face and at his body and was rushed to hospital for treatment for burns. Witnesses described hearing his mother screaming ‘what have they done to my baby?’ moments after acid was thrown in his face.
It takes 3.2 sec to RT and help find them appalling an innocent 3 year old assaulted with acid someone must know who they are. Three-year-old seriously injured in suspected acid attack in Worcester https://t.co/Z2g82bY1KU pic.twitter.com/4whrCnBbxw— Danny smith (@doglab) July 22, 2018
Detective Inspector Tony Garner said: "We’d like to thank everyone who shared our appeal over the weekend and contacted us with information; all of this is helping us to build up a better picture of this incident. We’re continuing to urge anyone else with information to contact us." The child was treated for burns to his face and one arm before being released on Sunday afternoon, but police say the long-term implications of his injuries are ‘uncertain'. A fourth man, thought to be a 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton, was also arrested yesterday on suspicion of conspiracy to cause GBH and is still in police custody. The appeal for information continues and anyone with any suspicions is urged to contact the police about the attack, which occurred at around 2.15pm on Saturday in the Home Bargains store on the Shrub Hill Retail Park in Tallow Hill.
"It would appear at the moment it's not an accident."— ITV News (@itvnews) July 22, 2018
West Mercia Police's @CSuptMarkTravis gives ITV News the latest on the shocking suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy https://t.co/HXmYb6ANY4 pic.twitter.com/7rJHBfpxFg
Worcester City Council leader Marc Bayliss described the attack as ‘absolutely pure evil’ and Worcester MP Robin Walker said the attack was ‘horrific’, and that the ‘shock will be universal’. The news comes as a 36 year old man speaks out after being scarred for life after an acid attack in North London. Andrew Walker was opening his car boot in Woodford Green when a hooded figure approached him and sprayed him with acid, before jumping into a car and shooting off. His injuries have been described as 'life changing' and police are still appealing for information about the assault from January this year. The attacker is a white man who was captured on CCTV running away and getting into a red BMW 1-series, Scotland Yard has photos and more information.