Six people injured after being ‘sprayed by noxious substance’ in east London | London

Six people have been injured and a man has been arrested after an alleged noxious substance attack in east London.

Police said they were called to the area between Stratford Station and Stratford Shopping Centre just before 8pm after reports a group of males were spraying what is believed to be a noxious substance.

Scotland Yard said one man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Police said both London Ambulance and London Fire Brigade were on the scene.

London Ambulance said they had taken three people to hospital while others were treated at the scene

Witnesses at the scene said an argument broke out among a group of people.

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A man who gave his name as Hossen, 28, a Burger King assistant manager, said he saw a victim and his friend, a known local homeless man, run into the fast food outlet bathroom “to wash acid off his face”.

He said: “There were cuts around his eyes and he was trying to chuck water into them.”

Inside the Burger King toilets, water could be seen all over the floor, along with toilet tissue and medical gloves.

Outside, people gathered at police cordons while victims were being treated behind a blue screen.

Many of those at the scene, kept inside the cordon by police, were visibly upset by the incident.

One said: “I can’t speak now, my mate’s been hurt.”

Police said a cordon is in place and they continue to investigate the incident.

The are not treating the incident as terror-related.

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