UK has one of highest rates of acid attacks in the world, police reveal

The UK now has one of the highest number of recorded acid attacks per person of any country in the world, and the figure is expected to rise further, police have warned.

Senior officers believe the horrific crimes are not always being reported, meaning the unprecedented number of known assaults using corrosive substances may be a fraction of the true total.

More than 400 such attacks were recorded in the six months to April – an average of two a day.

Two people have so far died as a result of acid attacks, with many more left with life-changing injuries, and

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