A suspect with face tattoos is being hunted by police after two cousins were sprayed with ‘acid’ as they were celebrating a 21st birthday.
Jameel Muhktar and Resham Khan were left with ‘life changing’ injuries on 9..15am last Wednesday as the pair were celebrating Resham’s 21st birthday.
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John Tomlin, 24, is now wanted for questioning and should not be approached by the public, the Met Police have warned.
Jameel, 37, is said to be ‘unrecognisable’ following the attack and had surgery earlier this week to treat his horrific injuries.
Resham and Jameel had stopped at traffic lights when they were approached by a man who threw the toxic substance at Resham through the window.
The attacker then ran around the car to throw more acid at Jameel before fleeing the scene in Tollgate Road, Canning Town, east London.
Tomlin is described as a stocky 6ft tall white man with face tattoos and is known to visit Canning Town.
Jameel, who was put into an induced coma after the attack and remains in a serious condition, according to his mum Naseem.
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She said: ‘I’m not going to say much until I have spoken to my son properly..
‘He is having surgery today but I have been in constant contact with him and am going to see him tomorrow.
‘He has really severe burns on his arms, back and chest. He was driving and his cousin was burnt very badly too.
‘There is a lot more to be said than just the tweets, it goes a lot deeper. There were four other attacks in the area on the same day. My son is going to need years of care.’
Detective Superintendent Neil Matthews, said the attack was a ‘horrendous act of violence’ and warned he should not be approached.
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He added: ‘I would like to reassure the public that our continued focus remains on finding the person responsible for this horrendous act of violence.
‘We will continue to progress these enquiries as quickly as humanly possible and fully understand concerns that they should be brought to justice quickly.
‘Anyone with information is urged to contact the Metropolitan Police or Crimestoppers if they have any information that may lead to an arrest or provide other information to assist our enquiries.
This male should not be approached; instead members of the public should dial 999 if seen.
‘Officers from Newham and the Met’s Territorial Support Group executed a warrant at an address in E16 on the afternoon of 21 June in connection with the incident.’
Police say there have been no arrests made and their enquiries continue