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Police CCTV appeal after unprovoked acid attack in Woodford Green

PUBLISHED: 08:21 23 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:03 23 July 2018

Andrew Walker's injuries after the attack. Photo: Met Police

Andrew Walker's injuries after the attack. Photo: Met Police

Met Police

Andrew was opening the boot of his car when he heard a noise, turned around, and was sprayed in the face with acid. He has since been left with life-changing injuries.

Police would like to speak to this man in connection with an unprovoked acid attack in Woodford Green. Photo: Met PolicePolice would like to speak to this man in connection with an unprovoked acid attack in Woodford Green. Photo: Met Police

Ilford Police have released CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with an unprovoked acid attack in Woodford Green that left his victim with life-changing injuries.

The incident happened back in January, when Andrew Waker, 36, was sprayed with acid when he was opening the boot of his car.

Police were called at approximately 9.18 in the morning on Saturday, January 20 to Waltham Road following reports of a suspected noxious substance attack.

The victim, who chose to waive his right to anonymity, Andrew Walker, was taken by London Ambulance Services (LAS) to an east London hospital suffering from facial injuries that have since been deemed life-changing.

Andrew was opening the boot of his car on Waltham Road when he heard a noise behind him and when he turned around was sprayed with acid.

Andrew was able to tell officers that the suspect was described as a young white male. He did not recognise the attacker. He was later spotted on camera getting into a red BMW 1-Series.

The attack which was entirely unprovoked is being treated as GBH with intent.

Andrew said: “The person who attacked me changed my life forever, and I am constantly reminded of the pain they caused when they randomly attacked me earlier this year.

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward to the police as soon as possible so that this person can be put behind bars and won’t be able to harm anyone else for a long time.”

Lead investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo said: “This was a shocking attack on an innocent man going about his daily business. He has received life-changing injuries, including extensive burns and scarring to his arms, face, and the left side of his body.

“At this stage, we are unsure as to what the motive for this was attack was or why someone would want to harm Mr Walker in this way.

“We’re releasing the CCTV images in the hope that somebody will recognise the suspect and get in contact with us. It shows the suspect running away and a red car, which we also believe to be involved.

“I would encourage anyone with information to contact us on 0208 345 2714 or tell us what they know anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers.”

There has been no arrests.

Anyone with information on the incident, or who may recognise the male shown in the CCTV is asked to contact police on 0208 345 2714 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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