A three-year-old was severely burned with acid after being the target of a “deliberate attack,” police said Sunday in West Mercia, West England.
The boy suffers serious injuries to his face and arm after being attacked Saturday afternoon at a Worcester store. He was hospitalized.
“We see this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old child,” West Mercia Chief of Police Mark Travis said in a statement.
“For now, the reason for the attack is not clear. The police are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what is the substance used, “he added.
A 39-year-old man was arrested and detained on suspicion of conspiracy to commit serious bodily harm. The police also broadcast images of three men they want to interrogate.
Worcester City Council chief Marc Bayliss described the attack as “pure malice”. “Worcester is not the kind of place (where this type of attack occurs), we are a typical small English town,” he added.
The United Kingdom is facing an increase in acid attacks in recent years, particularly in London. The Interior Ministry announced in April that it intends to toughen legislation, making the detention of corrosive substances in a public place a criminal offense, and prohibiting the sale of these substances to minors.
Daryl Web is the lead editor for PR News Globe. Daryl has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories in many print and digital publications including, The Detroit News and Tuscaloosa News. Daryl is based in Detroit and covers issues affecting his city and his country. When he’s not busy writing, Daryl enjoys skiing and painting..