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Boy, 15, charged over acid attack

Acid attack victim Tara suffered injuries to her face and upper body (Metropolitan Police/PA)
Acid attack victim Tara suffered injuries to her face and upper body (Metropolitan Police/PA)
A woman suffered horrific injuries after acid was sprayed in her face on her own doorstep in Romford
A woman suffered horrific injuries after acid was sprayed in her face on her own doorstep in Romford


Published: 10:41am, 12th May 2013
Updated: 12:08am, 13th May 2013

A teenager has been charged following an acid attack on a woman on her own doorstep.

The 28-year-old victim suffered horrific injuries to her face and upper body after acid was sprayed in her face in Romford, north-east London.

Scotland Yard said the 15-year-old boy is in custody and will appear at Barkingside Magistrates' Court on Monday accused of throwing corrosive fluid on a person with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

The woman - who is called Tara but has asked for her surname not to be used - answered the door to a stranger who asked to speak to ''Michelle'' shortly before 9pm on April 30.

He returned about 30 minutes later and squirted an acidic substance in her face from a bottle, according to police.

The woman managed to shut the door after the assault and rinse her face with water while an ambulance was called.

Her pet dog - a long-haired chihuahua - also required treatment but the animal is not thought to have suffered any long-term injuries.

The teenager was arrested on Friday night.

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