Woman left with ‘life-changing’ injuries after acid attack in her face in east London

A woman has suffered life-changing injuries after she was sprayed with acid in east London, police have confirmed.

Scotland Yard said the 36-year-old was walking alone near Canary Wharf when she was hit.

Detectives have begun an investigation after the victim was attacked with a “noxious substance” while walking alone in Canary Wharf on 27 December.

Police tests confirmed the substance used in the attack was a strong acid.

Tower Hamlets police were called just before 7pm to Westferry Road after the woman’s injuries were reported.

The 36-year-old victim has suffered life-changing burns to her face and leg.

Tests carried out on the substance confirmed it was a “strong acid solution”.

No arrests have been made and officers are carrying out a number of lines of enquiry and reviewing CCTV. The victim did not see her attacker.

Anyone with information should call Tower Hamlets CID on 0208 754 4550 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

The incident is the latest in a spate of acid attacks in recent months, with a significant proportion having taken place in east London.

More than 400 were recorded in the six months to April 2017 – an average of a two a day.