Acid and other corrosive chemical attacks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2017-08-10
Session date: 
August 10, 2017
Reference: 
2017/3254
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

What are you doing to combat the upsurge in acid and other corrosive chemical attacks?

Answer

Answer for Acid and other corrosive chemical attacks

Answer for Acid and other corrosive chemical attacks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The Met are rolling out acid kits in one thousand police cars, which will include bottles of water, gauntlets and goggles. In East London, where the majority of offences have taken place, specially trained officers will carry litmus testing kits. I support the Commissioner in her commitment to use intelligence-led stop and search for corrosive substances, alongside knives, other weapons and drugs.

To address the problem in the longer term I have taken steps to ensure the government is addressing this problem, I have pressed for tougher sentences for those who carry corrosive substances, and asked that sentencing guidelines be clarified for judges.