Carrying acid on the streets of Britain will be outlawed by the UK government, it was announced today.
Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced it will be made illegal to carry acid in public ‘without good reason’, following a series of horrific acid attacks. The new law, announced at the Conservative Party conference, also sets out to ban anyone under the age of 18 from buying acid.
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Rudd told the conference:
We are going to stop people carrying acid in public if they don’t have a good reason. Acid attacks are absolutely revolting.
You have all seen the pictures of victims that never fully recover. Endless surgeries. Lives ruined.
So today, I am also announcing a new offence to prevent the sale of acids to under 18s.
Ms Rudd also vowed to ‘drastically limit the public sale of sulphuric acid’, because it is used to help produce so-called Mother of Satan homemade explosives, reports the Independent.
Rudd proposed new sentences of up to 15 years in prison for people who repeatedly view extremist material online, new technology to track down indecent images of children online and remove them at an unprecedented rate as well as making it illegal to keep certain types of weapons – such as flick knives and zombie knives – at home.
After acid has been used repeatedly as an offensive weapon on the streets of Britain this is a step in the right direction to crack down against the violent crimes that have left many victims with life-changing injuries.
Resham Khan was left seriously injured, and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, 37, in a coma, after the pair were ambushed in an acid attack that took place on her 21st birthday.
Attacks involving corrosive substances have more than doubled in England since 2012 with London having the most dramatic rise in recent years. According to the Metropolitan Police, there were 261 attacks in 2015, rising to 458 last year.
After July’s series of five acid attacks, which took place over the course of one night in London, St John Ambulance shared advice about how to ‘minimise’ the effects of an acid attack, while wearing gloves to protect yourself.
The best action to take is to try and flood the burn with water which disperses the acid and stops the burning. This should be done for at least 20 minutes, and you should make sure that there are no contaminated puddles collecting under the victim.
While still pouring water to injuries, try and gently remove any clothing with acid on it and call an ambulance, making sure the casualty is still breathing and responsive.
If the victim has acid in their eyes, you must hold their eye under gently running cold water for at least 10 minutes.
People have been calling for tougher sentences for acid attackers, particularly in recent months when the number of incidents has been on the rise.
Katie Piper, who was the victim of an acid attack in 2008, has written an open letter pleading for tougher sentences as she believes current legislation ‘does not always recognise the severity of the offence’.
Katie has undergone more than 250 operations to improve her physical functioning, including operations to help her breathe through her nose, as well as hours of psychological therapy to help her to ‘deal with the trauma of the attack’ and to accept her ‘new face’.