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SPECIAL REPORT: Acid attacks in the UK — the facts behind the headlines

When Mark Van Dongen’s dad walked into the hospital, he couldn’t find his son.

A doctor arrived and told him his son was in Room One. “The first room I had looked in. I failed to recognise my own son. His injuries were unbelievable.”

The staff had never seen anything like it…

Mark was the victim of an acid attack, one of an increasing number of such attacks in the UK, earning it the the title of “acid attack capital of the world.”

Given the impact of these acid attacks, and the life ending consequences of this liquid, you’d think it might be carefully controlled. In the same way that Mayor Sadiq Khan suggested he would ban knives in London to stop young men being stabbed.

In June, the Home Office announced The Offensive Weapons Bill which, among other measures, makes it harder for young people to buy knives and acid online.

Yet it remains incredibly easy to get your hands on acid in the U.K. and even easier to get around these rules — as I’ll show you myself…

And contrary to what you might think, it isn’t just the weapon of choice for one culture. The victims of acid attacks are diverse, united by being targets of revenge, whether intentional or caught in the cross fire.

Did you know that, in other countries, 80 per cent of acid attacks are against women, but in the UK, most victims are men?

There are other truths here too…

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