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‘Ban acid sales to under-18s’

29 September, 2017

THE Town Hall has urged shops to stop selling corrosive acid to under-18s in a bid to curb a recent series of attacks in the capital.

Shop owners have been asked to employ a Challenge 25 policy, where those who look under the age of 25 are asked to show a passport or driving licence to prove they are over 18 before purchase.

Supermarket chains use the policy when selling alcohol and cigarettes but there is no legal age restriction on the purchase of corrosive substances.

“Acid attacks are horrific and we support tighter restrictions on the sale of acids and corrosive substances, and tougher penalties for those who use them as weapons,” said Town Hall community safety chief Councillor Andy Hull.

In a letter setting out the voluntary Challenge 25 request, retailers are asked to place corrosive substances away from shop entrances to deter shoplifters.

Four acid attacks in Hackney and one in Highbury Corner were carried out within 90 minutes two months ago. One victim was said to have suffered “life-changing” injuries. Two teenagers were arrested in connection with the attacks.

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