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A London market trader in Walthamstow was rushed to hospital yesterday (Friday June 21) after two men ‘wearing burkas’ threw acid over him in a vicious attack.

Emergency service teams were dispatched to Walthamstow High Street at 6.40am yesterday morning when a man entered shops ‘screaming for help’.

Two men approached the market trader as he was setting up his stall for the day and threw a corrosive substance at his face – which is believed to be acid.They then fled the scene of the incident.

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, described the incident as a “horrific attack” adding: “I know everyone’s thought will be with the victim of this awful crime”.

A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 06.36am on Friday, 21 June to High Street, E17 following reports that a man had been assaulted with a corrosive substance.

“Officers and the London Fire Brigade attended. The man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

“It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.

“There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

“Anyone with information that can assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref CAD 1434/21 June.”

(Image Credit: LDN Knife Crime)

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