Increase in acid attacks across East Yorkshire

Published: Thursday 14th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Acid attacks are on the rise in East Yorkshire, according to new figures.

A total of 21 violence against the person offences involving acid, poison or a corrosive substance were recorded in 2014, according to Humberside Police, up from nine in 2013 and 15 in 2012.

It follows a national trend which has seen such crimes soar by as much as 30% in the last two years.

“The British Government needs to look into this subject with far greater seriousness to understand why these attacks are occurring and what can be done to prevent them occurring,” says Jaf Shah, director of the Acid Survivors Trust International.

A freedom of information request by the Press Association found 503 incidents in which people were injured or threatened with corrosive substances across the UK between 2012 and November 2015.

There were 242 reports of violent crime that mentioned acid or other corrosive substances in 2014 and 2015, compared with 186 in 2012 and 2013.

Some 11 violence against the person offences involving acid, poison or a corrosive substance were committed in East Yorkshire between January and November last year.

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Published: Thursday 14th January 2016 by The News Editor

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