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Police officers in London have been given 1,000 kits to deal with acid attacks. This is because the of crimes using acid on London's streets has been increasing. Two weeks , criminals sprayed acid in the faces of people to rob them of their . There were five different acid attacks on just one . The number of crimes involving acid or other substances has more than doubled in London over the past three years. A leading plastic today said the number of he treats for acid attacks has reached "epidemic" in London. Professor Peter Dziewulski said there had been an "explosion" of cases involving acid since the of last year.

Rapid response police cars will now carry the 1,000 acid attack response kits. The kits include clothing and five-litre bottles of . This allows police officers to give treatment to victims sprayed with acid. Experts have said the in acid attacks could be because of a on knives and guns. Street gangs are now using acid instead because it is easy to buy and easy to hide in bottles. Police spokesman Mike West spoke about acid attacks. He said: "These are life-changing ." He added: "I am confident that we are stepping up our response to this and we are looking for a way to identify some of the on the streets."

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