Teens Injured In Ockendon Acid Attack

25 May 2016, 10:28

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Five teenagers have been injured, two of them seriously, after a suspected acid attack at Ockendon railway station.

They were waiting on the platform at around 12.40am on Sunday when they were approached by a man who had just got off a train to Barking.

He then squirted them in the face with an "unknown liquid" before getting on a train from Southend to Barking.

Two of the boys, both aged 17, have suffered what have been described as "potentially life-changing injuries".

British Transport Police has released a CCTV image of a man they want to speak to over the attack.

Investigating officer Detective Sergeant Gail McKemmie said: "This was a particularly vicious and alarming assault which has left some of the victims with potentially life changing injuries.

"This was an unprovoked and violent incident and it is essential that those responsible are identified and brought to justice.

"Although our investigation is in its early stages, it would appear that this was a random and isolated incident.

"If you think you recognise the man in the CCTV image, I'd urge you to get in touch as we think he has vital information that could assist this investigation".