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Paramedic reveals 'horrific' scene after acid attack on toddler in Worcester shop

A paramedic who treated a three-year-old boy targeted in a suspected acid attack has told of his horror at the incident.

The boy was in a pushchair when he was "deliberately attacked" at Home Bargains in Worcester on Saturday afternoon.

Three men were being questioned last night in connection with the incident.

The suspects, aged 22, 25 and 26, were detained in London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, West Mercia Police said.

A 39-year-old man, from Wolverhampton, arrested on Sunday on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm, remains in custody, the force said.

The toddler was in a pushchair with his family in a shop when a corrosive substance was "thrown or sprayed" over him around 2.15pm on Saturday, according to West Mercia Police.

He was treated in hospital for burns to his face and one arm before being released on Sunday.

Police said the long-term implications of his injuries are "uncertain".

Paramedic Nick Carson, who treated the boy, told the BBC it was "horrific".

He said the liquid used in the attack was "pink in colour, had quite a strong smell - not a bleach or acidy type smell".

Mr Carson said the toddler was distressed to begin with, but calmed down very quickly once he was treated. The mother was "concerned, but not panicking".

Worcester City Council leader, Marc Bayliss, described the attack as "absolutely pure evil".

Worcester MP, Robin Walker, said the attack was "horrific", and that the "shock will be universal".

Bev Sidhu, who was in the area at the time, said: "The supervisor from Home Bargains came and said, 'Look, there was a hazardous acid used on someone'. But that's all they let us know until the next day, but obviously it was just unnerving really, because it was just confusion."

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