Lambeth corrosive substance attack suspect believed to be from the Newcastle area

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A manhunt is underway to find a suspect from the Newcastle area following a corrosive substance attack.

The Met Police have launched a manhunt after a corrosive substance was thrown at people in Lambeth, South London, last night (Wednesday, January 31).

The attack saw 11 people taken to hospital, including a toddler and her mother who have suffered potentially life-changing injuries after an alkaline substance had been thrown.

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Police have stated that they believe it was a "targeted" attack, with the man and the woman being known to each other.

As part of their investigation, the Met Police has confirmed that their are wanting to speak to Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, who they say is from the Newcastle area.

Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, from the Newcastle area, has been identified as a suspect following a corrosive substance attack in London. Photo: Met Police.Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, from the Newcastle area, has been identified as a suspect following a corrosive substance attack in London. Photo: Met Police.
Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, from the Newcastle area, has been identified as a suspect following a corrosive substance attack in London. Photo: Met Police. | Met Police

The 35-year-old is believed to have travelled to the capital earlier in the day.

Officers have confirmed that they are working to locate Ezedi and are asking members of the public to get in touch with them if they have any information.

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Superintendent Gabriel Cameron, of the Met Police, said: "We are now naming the man we want to speak to as Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, who is aged 35.

"We believe he travelled down from Newcastle earlier that day.

“We don’t know yet what led to it. We’re working to establish the circumstances.

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“A manhunt to trace Ezedi is under way. We are working with partner agencies and forces including the British Transport Police to locate and arrest him.

"If you see Ezedi, call 999 immediately. He should not be approached."