Hugh Baird College

Acid Attacks

Posted 15th January 2018.

Acid attacks are violent assaults which involve throwing acid or a corrosive liquid at another person with the intention of disfiguring them, torturing them, or in the most extreme cases killing them.

Unfortunately acid attacks have been on the increase around the world, particularly in South Asia where 3,512 Bangladeshi people were attacked with acid attacked between 1999 and 2013. This form of attack is becoming more frequent across the UK:

  • In 2016, the Metropolitan Police in London recorded 454 attacks involving corrosive fluids in the city, with 261 in the previous year, indicating a rise of 74%
  • A rise of 30% was also recorded in the UK as a whole
  • Between 2005/6 and 2011/12 the number of assaults involving acid throwing and other corrosive substances tripled in England

These figures are reflective of a rise in such attacks more locally, outside of London. Recently we have seen attacks in Southport and Wigan.

If you ever find yourself victim of such an attack and witness to an acid attack there are some important things you can do to help yourself or the victim. Watch this video from St John Ambulance or see information leaflets below to find out more.

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