Girl, 10, and two adults are victims of horror ‘acid attack’ at their home in North London after answering door to ‘stranger’
- Girl, 10, is among three victims of a suspected acid attack in North London
- Emergency crews rushed to the flats in Beaufort Park in Colindale last night
- Officers found the child, a 36-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man injured
- Victims went to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and were discharged
- No arrests have been made yet, with officers still investigating, the force said
A 10-year-old girl is among three victims of a suspected acid attack in North London after a stranger allegedly knocked on their front door last night.
Emergency crews rushed to the flats in Beaufort Park in Colindale following reports of a ‘corrosive substance’ being thrown on the child at around 7.20pm.
Officers found the child, a 36-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man injured after a corrosive substance was reportedly thrown at them.
The victims were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and have since been discharged. No arrests have been made and an investigation into the circumstances are ongoing, Scotland Yard said.
Shocked neighbours living in or near the apartment block Erwin House where the attack took place, said they believe three people were attacked after a ‘stranger’ knocked on their door and threw the substance.
Footage has been shared on social media of police officers pouring bottles of water over their colleagues in the street in an apparent attempt to wash of the corrosive substance.
A 10-year-old child is among three victims of a suspected acid attack in North London last night after a stranger allegedly knocked on their front door
Officers found the child, a 36-year-old woman and a 43-year-old man injured after a corrosive substance was reportedly thrown at them
This morning, the floor outside two of the flats appeared to still have burn marks left by the corrosive liquid.
One nearby resident, Salwa Amrane, 30, described the aftermath of the attack as the emergency services rushed to the block.
She said: ‘I saw plenty of ambulances, not one or two, but three. I saw plenty of police – they were stopping people when they were trying to get the woman in the ambulance – half of her was burned when they were trying to put her in the ambulance.’
Emergency services are no longer at the scene today, but a paper sign has been attacked to the door of Erwin House which reads: ‘Caution, wet floor acid spillage. Please deep clean.’
The hallway of the building is thick with a chemical smell, while the floor outside two ground floor flats – one of which is claimed to be the target of the attack – appeared so have been damaged by burns.
A large black mark can be seen on the floor while streaks of a liquid remain on the doorframe of one of the flats.
Emergency crews rushed to the flats in Beaufort Park in Colindale following reports of a ‘corrosive substance’ being thrown on the child at around 7.20pm
No arrests have been made yet, with officers still investigating, the Met Police said. They added some officers were treated at the scene after entering the address
Many took to social media to discuss the shocking incident. One resident said: ‘All I saw was a child being rushed out.’
Another added: ‘I saw a little girl come out in PJs, no shoes, with a lady. Both were taken in an ambulance. I’m sure it was an acid attack as police were running in with water bottles.’
Someone else added: ‘Apparently a stranger knocked on their door, they opened and were attacked.’
Photos show a large black mark burned into the floor outside the flat with streaks of liquid still visible on the door frame.
Detective Sergeant Ewa Czura said: ‘It is vital that we identify the suspect responsible for this attack and we need the public’s help.
‘If you were in the area and witnessed the incident or have any information that could assist, I urge you to come forward and speak to police.
‘The information you have might be essential to our investigation and help to bring justice to the victims and their family.’
A spokesman for the Met added: ‘An investigation is underway following an incident in Colindale where a corrosive substance was thrown.
‘No arrests; enquiries into the circumstances are ongoing.
‘Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 6733/12July.’