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Two men attacked a group of people leaving Dalston Superstore in London during the early hours of Sunday (6 May).
The establishment is a gay bar and cafe within the Hackney borough of the city. Three men — aged 17, 22, and 27 — suffered potentially ‘lasting’ injuries in the attack.
A witness woke up around 5am when he heard a commotion outside near the bar.
He said a car stopped near a group of peope leaving the bar and then two men jumped out.
‘They were punching at people walking either side of the road,’ the witness described. ‘One man was being kicked as he lay on the floor. The people were terrified, they weren’t fighting back.’
In the midst of the fighting, they took water bottles from the car and began squirting people with it. The witness recalled wondering why were squirting water, before realizing it was acid.
‘People were screaming in pain and running. I heard one person shouting he couldn’t see and saying, “It’s in my eyes.”‘
A vicious incident
Scotland Yard is not treating the attack as a homophobic crime.
However, Detective Sergeant Quinn Cutler described the incident as ‘victious and unpleasant’, with the potential for ‘lasting injuries’.
‘I know that a number of people witnessed this incident and I urge those people to come forward and share their information and/or footage with police,’ Cutler added.
Police have made no arrests in the case.
H/t: Evening Standard