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Man sought after pair burned in London acid attack

John Tomlin
John Tomlin

Two people have suffered serious burns in an acid attack.

The victims were inside a parked car in Tollgate Road in Beckton, east London, when a man threw a corrosive substance through the window on Wednesday June 21, the Metropolitan Police said.

They tried to drive off, pursued by the suspect on foot, before their car crashed into a fence, reports to police said.

The victims, a 37-year-old man and 21-year-old woman, were helped by members of the public after the attack, which happened at 9.15am. They were taken to an east London hospital before the police arrived.

Detective Superintendent Neil Matthews said: "I would like to reassure the public that our continued focus remains on finding the person responsible for this horrendous act of violence."

Police are searching for 24-year-old John Tomlin in connection with the attack.

He is described as around 6ft, has facial tattoos, and is known to frequent the Canning Town area. Police are warning the public not to approach him, but to dial 999 immediately if they see him.

They are also asking anyone with information on Mr Tomlin to call the police's non-emergency number on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.