Boy, 2, and his parents rushed to hospital with 'life-changing' burns after acid attack on London street

By Nicola Harley

Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault on the family at around 1.05pm. File photo / 123RF
Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault on the family at around 1.05pm. File photo / 123RF

A two-year-old boy and his parents were rushed to hospital after they suffered burns in an acid attack on a London street.

The family were assaulted in Islington on Saturday afternoon and the boy's father is said to have suffered 'life-changing' injuries.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault on the family at around 1.05pm.

The trio were found with injuries after a "strong acid" was thrown on them, London Fire Brigade said.

Police were called by the London Ambulance Service to reports of an attack on the junction of Copenhagen Street and Caledonian Road.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: "The victims - a 40-year-old father, a 36-year-old mother and their two-year-old boy - were found with injuries consistent with a noxious substance, believed to be an acid, being thrown at them.

"They were initially taken to a north London hospital and were subsequently transferred to another hospital.

"The man's injuries, whilst not believed to be life-threatening, are being treated as life-changing.

"The woman and child suffered minor injuries and have since been discharged."

The London Fire Brigade said the adults suffered 15 per cent burns to their hands and bodies while the infant was burnt on his face.

The liquid had a PH reading of one and tests confirmed it was a strong acid and oxidizing substance, a spokesman said.

- Daily Telegraph UK

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