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Woman hurt in noxious substance attack in south London

Police in Lambeth said that the woman may have been travelling on a bus.

A woman has been injured in an acid attack in Brixton, south London.

Reports on social media described the victim, who is aged in her twenties, being hosed down with water by firefighters.

Police in Lambeth, who were called by ambulance crews to Brixton Road at around 1.45pm on Tuesday, said that the woman may have been travelling on a bus.

This comes after three people were hurt when they were doused with a “noxious substance” during a fight between two groups in Shacklewell Lane in Hackney, east London, at around 5.20am on Sunday.

A shopowner told HuffPost UK: “A woman ran off the bus screaming ‘acid attack’ and ran into the shop. She grabbed a bottle of water out of the fridge and poured it on her face.”

Police said that the suspected attacker was a man, and that the assault, which was being treated as GBH, was targeted, not random.

Police tape at the Reliance Arcade between Brixton Road and Electric Lane in south London, where a woman sought help from shopkeepers (Tess De La Mare/PA)

The woman, who was taken to hospital, suffered no major burns and her condition is not life-threatening or changing.

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance said an ambulance crew, two cars, an incident response officer, and its hazardous area response team were sent to the scene.

Fire crews were also called to assist police.

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