Police are investigating a spate of five acid attacks in east London. The attacks, in Hackney, Shoreditch and Stoke Newington, are all believed to have taken place within the space of just over an hour, between 10.25pm and 11.37pm on Thursday. The Metropolitan Police confirmed they have arrested a male teenager on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and robbery.

At the start of the spree, a 32-year-old moped driver had been approached by two men, also on a moped; the two male suspects allegedly tossed the noxious substance into his face before one of them jumped on to his vehicle and drove away. Police said the man had gone to an east London hospital and they were awaiting an update on his injuries. Police attended a second incident 40 minutes later, at 11.05pm, where an individual had allegedly been attacked by two men on a moped.

One witness claimed Uber delivery drivers had been targeted. Within 15 minutes, at 11.18pm, police attended a similar incident in Hackney where a man had a corrosive substance thrown in his face. He is being treated in an east London hospital where his injuries are described as life-changing. The final alleged assault of the night was reported to police at 11.37pm, when another man is believed to have been confronted as he sat on his moped in traffic on Chatsworth Road. Following the incidents in Hackney, officers were made aware of a similar attack reported in Islington.