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Fears ‘dangerous’ Croydon acid attacker may strike again as £5k reward offered

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Police want to speak to to this man in connection with the attack

There are fears a “dangerous” thug who threw acid over two men in Croydon, which left one of them blind, may strike again.

The two victims, a 25 and a 19-year-old man, were walking along Thornton Road in Thornton Heath towards Thornton Heath Pond roundabout. at about 8.10am on Monday, December 7.

As they walked towards the pedestrian crossing, near the junction with Gonville Road, they were approached by the suspect, a man they did not know. The suspect threw a cup of corrosive liquid over the two teenagers before continuing in the same direction and then turning right onto Limpsfield Avenue.

Both victims were hospitalised following the attack, with the 19-year-old victim now suffering from permanent loss of sight.

At this stage, the suspect and the motive behind the attack are unknown, the Metropolitan Police said.

Police want to speak to to this man in connection with the attack

The independent charity Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to £5,000 for anonymous information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible.

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Detectives investigating the attack have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to.

In the video, a man can be seen violently attacking one of the victims of the acid attack on Monday, September 7 – a few months before the corrosive substance incident.

The suspect speaks to the victim outside his home on Monday, September 7

The suspect speaks to the victim outside his home on Monday, September 7

The suspect called at the victim’s address claiming to have a letter for him, the Met Police say, and when he went into the street the suspect punched him in the face twice with a bicycle chain wrapped around his fist.

The suspect is described as a white or Asian male, slim build with a black hooded jacket, and dark coloured trousers and shoes/boots. On each occasion he was wearing a light blue medical mask and a dark coloured baseball cap.

The attacker punches the man with a bicycle chain wrapped around his fist

The attacker punches the man with a bicycle chain wrapped around his fist

‘The attacker could strike again’

Alexa Loukas, London Regional Manager at the charity Crimestoppers, said: “This horrific incident has left a young man with life-changing injuries, both victims traumatised and has shocked the community of Thornton Heath in Croydon.

“The individual behind the acid attack could strike again, so it’s critical that anyone who knows or has suspicions about who was involved contacts our charity 100 per cent anonymously.

The victim runs away from the attacker

The victim runs away from the attacker

“We need the public’s help to bring those involved to justice and help the victim to recover and the community to feel a dangerous individual is no longer a threat. Do you have information about the man in the CCTV images? Every piece of information may be vital to this investigation.”

DC Dimitri Savathrakis, of the South Area CID reactive team, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked attack on two innocent victims and we are doing everything in our power to bring the person responsible to justice.

“The victims were left shaken, injured and their lives changed forever as a result of this individuals actions.

“We hope that this new appeal will uncover new information and I urge anyone with information to come forward, 100 per cent anonymously, to Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers via Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling freephone 0800 555 111.