Boy (16) charged in connection with London acid attacks

The teenager faces five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent, police said

Boy (16) charged in connection with London acid attacks

Image made available by Sarah Cobbold of the scene of an acid attack in London early Thursday July 13, 2017. Picture by: Sarah Cobbold/AP/Press Association Images

A 16-year-old boy has been charged with 15 offences after five acid attacks in London.

Detectives are investigating a spate of linked acid attacks which took place in north and east London in less than 90 minutes on Thursday night.

Five separate male victims, all on mopeds, were allegedly targeted by two attackers also on a moped.

Among the charges against the 16-year-old are five counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent and one count of possession of an item to discharge a noxious substance.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear before a youth court on Monday.

A 15-year-old boy who was arrested on Friday morning has been released on bail until early August.

All five victims of the attacks were all taken to hospital and one was described as being left with "life-changing" facial injuries.

Those attacked were described as being "from a variety of backgrounds".

Chief Inspector Ben Clark, from Hackney Borough, said: "These are hideous offences and must have been very frightening for all of the victims.

"Of late we have seen more attacks using corrosive substances in London.

"I would urge businesses and parents to challenge those who they think may be trying to obtain or carry these substances as this could help prevent serious offences and life changing injuries being caused."

It comes as the British government announced it will outline a new strategy on combating acid attacks on Monday.