A man is suspected to have been attacked with acid outside a fish and chip shop in a UK seaside town. Police are probing the incident in Whitstable in Kent, and the injured man has been rushed to hospital.
Police were called to Ernie’s Place just before 9am following reports the man had been doused with the substance. A picture posted “Kent 999s” on Twitter showed a number of police cars outside the shop and an ambulance. The UK has seen a disturbing rise in the use of acid as a weapon. Traditionally used by men on women, this weapon is now being used by gangs in assaults and muggings.
A spokesperson for South East Coast Ambulance Service has confirmed a man was assessed and treated after a substance was thrown in his face. He was taken to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate. The suspected attack comes during a shock rise in acid attacks which are leaving victims with horrifying scars.