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Teenager sentenced for attack with noxious substance - London

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A 17-year-old boy has been given an eight month detention and training order for an attack using a noxious substance.

The teenager, who cannot be named due to his age, attacked a boy at Barking railway station in London on 9 February this year.

At around 8am, the offender saw the victim, a 17-year-old boy who he knew, at Barking station.

They had a verbal altercation and the offender followed the victim as he waited for his train on the platform.

As the train arrived, the offender sprayed the victim with the liquid which hit his jacket. He then punched him in the head and continued trying to spray him with the noxious substance which transpired to be an alkaline.

Members of the public stepped in and the offender fled the scene.

He was arrested shortly afterwards and charged on 21 June.

The teenager from Barking and Dagenham pleaded guilty at Barking Magistrates’ Court to possession of an offensive weapon in a public place and one count of assault by beating

 He was sentenced at the same court on 17 August. As well as the detention and training order he was also given a restraining order against the victim and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

Fortunately the victim was not seriously injured by the offender’s actions

Using  noxious substance as a weapon is incredibly dangerous and BTP will prosecute anyone found to be using it on the railway network.

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