A THREE-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a suspected acid attack in central England.
West Mercia Police have released images of three men after the toddler was injured in a suspected acid attack in discount store Home Bargains in Worcester yesterday afternoon.
Police said the boy was taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious burns to his arm and face.
“The incident will shock the community. We’re carrying out an inquiries to identify those responsible,” Superintendent Mark Travis said.
The incident occurred at around 2.15pm in Home Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park, Worcester, about three hours northwest of London.
“At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy,” Mr Travis said.
“The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.
“At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.
“The three men in the photo may have information vital to our investigation. I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”
A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.
Worcester City Council leader Marc Bayliss said the attack was “absolutely pure evil”. “Worcester is not that sort of place. We are a quintessential small English city. I have never heard of an acid attack in Worcester so this is absolutely not something we have any experience of,” Mr Bayliss said.
“We are a very safe city, we are one of the safest places in England according to statistics.
“If anybody knows anything about this I would urge them to come forward — think if this was a member of your family, an innocent child, a three-year-old probably scarred or damaged for life by this.”
This article originally appeared in The Sun and was republished with permission.
Originally published as Toddler seriously injured in act of ‘pure evil’