Acid attack victim in appeal for information

Officers in Ilford have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with an unprovoked acid attack in Woodford Green that left his victim with life-changing injuries.

Police were called at approximately 9:18am on Saturday, 20 January to Waltham Road, Woodford Green following reports of a suspected noxious substance attack.

Officers attended along with London Ambulance Service [LAS] and London Fire Brigade [LFB].

The victim, who chose to waive his right to anonymity, was 36-year-old Andrew Waker. He was taken by LAS to an east London hospital suffering from facial injuries that have since been deemed life-changing.

The incident occurred when Andrew was opening the boot of his car on Waltham Road on Saturday morning. He heard a noise behind him and when he turned around was sprayed with acid.

Andrew was able to tell officers that the suspect was described as a young white male. He did not recognise the attacker. He was later spotted on camera getting into a red BMW 1-Series. 

The attack which was entirely unprovoked is being treated as GBH with intent.

Andrew said: “The person who attacked me changed my life forever, and I am constantly reminded of the pain they caused when they randomly attacked me earlier this year.

“I would urge anyone with any information to come forward to the police as soon as possible so that this person can be put behind bars and won’t be able to harm anyone else for a long time.”

Lead investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jamie Piscopo said: “This was a shocking attack on an innocent man going about his daily business. He has received life-changing injuries, including extensive burns and scarring to his arms, face, and the left side of his body.

“At this stage, we are unsure as to what the motive for this was attack was or why someone would want to harm Mr Waker in this way.

“We’re releasing the CCTV images in the hope that somebody will recognise the suspect and get in contact with us.

“I would encourage anyone with information to contact us on 0208 345 2714 or tell us what they know anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers.”

There has been no arrest in this investigation.

Anyone with information on the incident, or who may recognise the male shown in the CCTV is asked to contact police on 0208 345 2714 Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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