Sellers in East London have been asked when selling chemicals to ask buyers to show a passport, and not to sell chemicals to adolescents. This call was voiced by the authorities in the backdrop of the risks of new chemical attacks, which repeatedly occurred in the capital. Traders are advised not to sell cleaning products that contain acid and ammonia to young people under 21 years.
So far, no restrictions have been imposed on the sale of chemicals. There is a high probability that young people buying cleaning products containing hazardous substances, that can cause burns and even lead to blindness, use them for attacks. The traders were proposed to ask the buyers for the passport and not to sell the chemicals to the teenagers, since the so-called acid attacks in London were committed by the underage thugs. According to the police, the eastern part of London is the center of crimes with the use of chemicals. The largest number of acid attacks has been recorded during the past three years in the areas of Newham, Barking, Dagenham and Hackney.
The government will submit proposals to change the legislation on the sale of chemical products containing acid. Police support the idea of strengthening control over the sale of chemicals. «I am glad that the Ministry of Internal Affairs is considering new tight restrictions on the sale of aggressive substances. We took the initiative to require store owners to check the age of buyers, who want to buy chemicals that contain acid» - says Huckney Mayor Philippe Glanerville.