Saturday 26 May 2018

Brutal assaults spiralled in the UK over recent years

Victims of acid attacks often suffer permanent scarring. AP Photo
Victims of acid attacks often suffer permanent scarring. AP Photo
Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

Acid attacks have been occurring with increasing frequency in the UK, but until now they have been almost unheard of in Ireland.

In London, between April 2014 and March 2015, there were 186 such attacks.

In the same period in 2016 and 2017, however, that figure rose to 397.

In one of the most high-profile attacks, model and television presenter Katie Piper had acid thrown on her in 2008.

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She had been going out with Danny Lynch, who believed that she was about to break up with him. Lynch arranged for an accomplice to throw sulphuric acid in her face.

Ms Piper was left partially blinded and with severe permanent scarring on her face, neck, chest arms and hands.

She underwent more than 250 surgeries after the attack.

Speaking recently about the impact the attack had on her, Ms Piper (33) described it as a "life sentence".

She went on to found the Katie Piper Foundation to campaign for more specialist help for burn victims.

Last month, Arthur Collins, an ex-boyfriend of 'The Only Way Is Essex' star Ferne McCann, was found guilty of an acid attack at an east London nightclub.

In April, club-goers were celebrating a bank holiday when Collins threw acid into the face of another man.

The substance also splashed onto other revellers who were in the club.

Australian model Isobella Fraser, who was visiting her sister Prue in London, was among those injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, in June, aspiring model Resham Khan (21) was with her cousin Jameel Muhktar when they were doused with corrosive liquid in June in Beckton, again in east London.

Ms Khan was hailed for her courage after she used social media to document her recovery.

Irish Independent

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