Increase in acid attacks

Meeting: 
MQT on 2018-02-22
Session date: 
February 22, 2018
Reference: 
2018/0571
Question By: 
Navin Shah
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

The latest figures show that there has been a huge increase in the number of violent acid attacks in London by more than 78 per cent over the past two years. You have mentioned that you will carry out a 'zero-tolerance' approach to combat acid attacks. What actions have you taken so far?

Answer

Answer for Increase in acid attacks

Answer for Increase in acid attacks

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The government has responded to my calls and those of Assembly Members to strengthen current legislation and policies around acid attacks. They have proposed a ban on the sale of acids to anyone under 18.

The police are working hard to tackle this crime by introducing a service level agreement with the Crown Prosecution Service to increase conviction and charge rates of those carrying acid.  The police have implemented a joint control room protocol with the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service to improve the response to attacks reducing the severity of injuries through enhanced first aid.

I offer my full support to the police and will continue to put pressure on the government to introduce even stricter guidelines and improve legislation, and we are working hard to tackle these violent attacks.