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‘Upbeat’ boy, 19, completely blinded after stranger threw cup of acid over him as cops provide £5,000 reward for attacker

‘Upbeat’ boy, 19, permanently blinded after stranger threw cup of acid over him as cops offer £5,000 reward for attacker


A ‘WONDERFUL’ teenager has been left completely blinded after a stranger ambushed him with a horrific acid assault in the course of a road in rush hour.

Cops have provided a £5,000 reward to assist catch the cruel attacker, who threw a cup of acid over the teenager and his pal as they walked down the south London road.

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Crimestoppers has launched CCTV of the suspect, who had attacked his sufferer in a earlier incident in September when he claimed he had a letter for him[/caption]

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The suspect will be seen in a darkish baseball cap and pale blue surgical masks[/caption]

The 19-year-old has been left completely blinded, whereas his 25-year-old pal was additionally rushed to hospital following the random assault in Thornton Heath, close to Croydon.

Described as a “fantastic, upbeat and sort particular person”, the teenager’s devastating accidents from the random assault have shocked these near him.

“He’s such an exquisite, upbeat and sort particular person, we need to give again to him,” mentioned the Da’aro Youth Undertaking, which is fundraising for the teenager.

“His accidents are life-changing and most probably everlasting. We need to try to increase some cash as a result of we expect that there shall be a whole lot of issues that he’ll want to have the ability to adapt to his present scenario, as there shall be prices that come from his incapacity.”

Cops are urging anybody with info to return ahead to assist determine the attacker, for worry he might strike once more.

Detective constable Dimitri Savathrakis mentioned: “This was a violent and unprovoked assault on two harmless victims and we’re doing all the pieces in our energy to convey the particular person accountable to justice.

“The victims have been left shaken, injured and their lives modified eternally on account of this particular person’s actions.

“We hope that this attraction will uncover new info and I urge anybody with info to return ahead.”

The horrendous assault occurred as the 2 associates have been strolling alongside Thornton Highway in Thornton Heath at round 8.10am on December 7.

They have been approached by a slim man they didn’t know, who was carrying a blue surgical masks.

The suspect – clad in a black hooded jacket and baseball cap – threw a cup of corrosive liquid over the 19-year-old and his pal, earlier than working away.

Emergency companies rushed each victims to hospital however tragically {the teenager} suffered everlasting lack of sight.

Police mentioned the suspect and the motive behind the assault have been unknown.

“The perpetrator of this acid assault had been seen as soon as a number of months earlier by one of many victims, when he known as at their handle claiming to have a letter for him on September 7,” mentioned a police spokesman.

When the sufferer went into the road – as seen in CCTV footage – the suspect punched him within the face twice with a bicycle chain wrapped round his fist.

The suspect was described as a white or Asian male and on every event he was carrying a lightweight blue medical masks and a darkish colored baseball cap.

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Supervisor on the charity Crimestoppers, mentioned: “This horrific incident has left a younger man with life-changing accidents, each victims traumatised and has shocked the neighborhood of Thornton Heath, Croydon.


“The person behind the acid assault might strike once more, so it’s essential that anybody who is aware of or has suspicions about who was concerned contacts our charity 100 per cent anonymously.

“We’d like the general public’s assist to convey these concerned to justice and assist the sufferer to get better and the neighborhood to really feel a harmful particular person is not a menace. Do you may have details about the person within the CCTV pictures? Every bit of knowledge could also be important to this investigation.”

Go to crimestoppers-uk.org or name 0800 555 111 anonymously.