A 14-year-old has been arrested after an acid attack left a driver with ‘terrible eye injuries’.
The victim, 32, was on his way to deliver a pizza when two men rode up on another moped around 6pm on Thursday.
As the pair tried to take his bike, they repeatedly sprayed acid on his face leaving him fighting for his life, police believe.
He is in an induced coma and is likely to lose his sight completely after the attack.
The Met Police said a teenage boy has been arrested on suspicion of GBH in relation to this attack,
Police ‘strongly suspect’ a second acid attack on another delivery driver shortly afterwards in Tottenham was linked. He was not seriously injured.
Detective Chief Inspector Gordon Henderson, of Waltham Forest CID, said local residents helped the first victim by putting water on his wounds.
‘The medical team continue to try and do as much as they can to help him.
‘He’s got clear facial injuries. There is a strong possibility that he may have lost the sight in his eyes.
‘And as I say he continues to have assistance in breathing and he’s in an induced coma at the moment,’ he said.
Describing what happened, he said: ‘The victim in Waltham Forest bravely fought back against his attackers.
‘They tried to take his moped from him, were constantly asking for his keys, threatening him and then they’ve reached into the carrier bag on their moped and have retrieved the corrosive substance and sprayed that on our victim’s face.’
Asked if there is a risk to public safety, Mr Henderson said: ‘We are always concerned and mindful that the public are and may be at risk of other attacks.
‘There’s no indication that there’s an increased risk.
‘Acid attacks or corrosive substance attacks are something that we are focussing on and trying to deal with as best we can.’
He called on parents who are or may be concerned about their children to be ‘observant as to what they may or may not be carrying with them’.
He added: ‘As we focus more on knife crime and serious sentencing in relation to knife crime, people have started to use acid or corrosive substances more frequently.’
Asked what advice or reassurance he would give delivery drivers, he said: ‘I think that again they need to be vigilant, they just need to be aware of their surroundings and if they are in fear or they’re particularly concerned, I think they just need to take themselves out of that situation.”
Mr Henderson added: ‘This attack has left a man fighting for his life and with terrible eye injuries.
‘This was an innocent man going about his work as a delivery driver, who may never see again.
‘This is not a time to hesitate, if you have any information about this crime I would appeal that you immediately call police.
He said one moped rider wore a black helmet and the other was wearing a white helmet.
Anyone with information about either attack is asked to contact police on 101 or via Twitter on @MetCC.