To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many acid attacks there were in (a) the UK, (b) Greater London and (c) the London Borough of Newham in each of the last five years.
23 March 2017
The Home Office does not collect data on the number of acid attacks. Acid or other corrosive attacks would be recorded though under different offence types, usually assault occasioning actual bodily harm or grievous bodily harm depending on the severity of the injuries inflicted. We are currently working with the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead to gather data through police forces to better understand the extent and scale of crimes involving acid and other corrosive substances.