Man wanted over chemical attack named – as police say he has injuries to his face

Man wanted over chemical attack named - as police say he has injuries to his face

Police have warned the public not to approach a man being hunted over a chemical attack on a woman and two girls in south London.

The suspect, named as Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, from Newcastle, has significant injuries to the right side of his face, according to police.

Ezedi, believed to be aged around 35 years old, was last seen on Caledonian Road in north London earlier today, officers said.

He is believed to have travelled down from Newcastle on the day of the attack and could be heading back, according to police.

Both Northumbria Police and the British Transport Police are helping the Metropolitan Police with the manhunt.

Police have also confirmed that a car involved in the attack belonged to Ezedi, while the substance used in the attack was alkaline.

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CCTV captures Clapham attack unfolding

The attack took place near Clapham Common last night.

A 31-year-old mother and her three-year-old daughter, alongside her other daughter, aged eight, remain in hospital following the attack.

The mother and the younger child may have suffered life-changing injuries, according to police.

Police say the suspect was known to the woman and described the attack as “targeted”.

A total of 12 people were hurt during the incident, including the mother and her two children, and five police officers who were injured as they responded.

Three women – two in their 30s and one in her 50s – were also injured when they came to the aid of the woman and her two children.

They have all been discharged from hospital with minor burns injuries.

A man in his 50s who also helped declined hospital treatment for minor injuries he suffered.

Officers say Ezedi attempted to make off from the scene in a car following the incident, but collided with another vehicle, and then made off on foot in the direction of Clapham Common.

Pic: James Weech/PA Wire
Pic: James Weech/PA Wire

‘We will catch him’

Superintendent Gabriel Cameron, of the Metropolitan Police, gave a statement at a press conference held at the scene on Thursday, in which he urged people not to approach Ezedi.

“If you see him [Ezedi], I plea do not approach him,” he said.

“And if you see him, call 999. He has significant injuries to the right side of his face.”

Asked if he would be caught, Superintendent Cameron added: “We have got a significant asset looking for this man.

“We will catch him. I am wholeheartedly confident.”

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‘Do not approach’ Clapham attack suspect

Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Mark Rowley, earlier described the incident as “ghastly” and said a “live manhunt” was underway.

“It is understanding that it is frightening. Fortunately, attacks using acid and chemicals are exceedingly rare,” he told BBC Radio London.

He also praised the bravery of his officers who attended the incident, as well as the witnesses who intervened.

CCTV of attack

It comes after footage emerged of the attack, which took place on Lessar Avenue shortly before 7.30pm on Wednesday.

The CCTV footage shows a man running around a car before getting into the driver’s seat, with a woman and child in front of the vehicle holding their hands to their faces.

In the video, a car is driven at the woman and strikes her, before a man stops the vehicle and gets out. He opens the back door and appears to remove a child, before violently throwing them to the ground.

The video also appears to show people from neighbouring properties leaving their homes to chase the man down the road.