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Seventh person arrested following suspected acid attack in Worcester

Police investigating a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Worcester on Saturday 21 July have arrested a seventh person in connection with the investigation.

The woman, aged 22-years-old from Handsworth, Birmingham, was arrested for conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm in Handsworth this morning (Thursday 23 August).

She is currently in police custody in Worcester.

Original article (22 July 2018)

Police have released a photo of three men they would like to speak to after a three-year-old boy was seriously injured in a suspected acid attack in a Worcester shop yesterday afternoon (Saturday 21 July).

The incident occurred at around 2.15pm in Home Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park, Tallow Hill, Worcester. The boy was taken to hospital where he is being treated for serious burns to his arm and face.

Chief Superintendent Mark Travis said: “At this time we are treating this as a deliberate attack on a three-year-old boy.

“The incident will rightly shock the local community and I would like to reassure local people that we are carrying out a thorough investigation to identify those responsible.

“At this time, the motive for the attack is unclear. Officers are working hard to establish exactly what happened and what the substance involved was.

“The three men in the photo may have information vital to our investigation. I am sure someone will recognise them and I would urge anyone with information to contact us as a matter of urgency.”

A 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton has been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm and remains in police custody.

Anyone with information that could help police with their enquiries should call 999 quoting incident 442s of 21 July 2018. Alternatively, information can be provided anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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