Hornchurch noxious substance attack: Thieves spray man before striking second victim with car

PUBLISHED: 19:52 13 August 2018 | UPDATED: 19:52 13 August 2018

Firefighters were called to reports of a possible acid attack in Claremont Road, Hornchurch. Photo: Google

Firefighters were called to reports of a possible acid attack in Claremont Road, Hornchurch. Photo: Google


Callous theives sprayed a man with a noxious substance during a Hornchurch robbery before striking a second victim in their getaway car as they fled the scene.

Officers and firefighters were called to reports of a robbery in Claremont Road at 5.45pm today, August 13.

There they found a man who had been sprayed with a noxious substance.

The man, aged in his early 20s, has been taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital where he remains in a stable condition.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

A second victim was struck by the car as the suspects fled.

His injuries are not life-threatening.

A Police spokesman said: “There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.”

Around 12 firefighters were called to the scene, with two fire engines from Dagenham fire station attending and one from Ilford fire station.

Related articles

Latest Romford News Stories


Medieval England was slow to develop a cash economy. Coinage was in short supply.


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

The well-publicised delay to the Crossrail project will have come as frustrating news to many residents in our part of London.

Yesterday, 15:00

A look back at the biggest local stories from this day 60, 40 and 20 years ago

Yesterday, 14:00

We talk to hundreds of local business owners every day; we hear their concerns, understand their challenges and share in their successes.

Yesterday, 13:34

Officers forced entry to the address this morning (Saturday, September 22).

Most days we’re told we are too fat, too lazy and we have to do something about it. And that’s just from my friends.

Yesterday, 09:28

Rabbit hay was used to hide more than £10million worth of cannabis on a lorry stopped at the Dartford Crossing.


Vauxhall has completed its sport utility vehicle range with the third, and largest, Grandland X. We put the SUV, now available at Tony LeVoi in Romford, to the test.

“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining,” so the saying goes. So if some warm weather is making your conservatory uninhabitable, think about replacing its roof with a flat one and adding a roof lantern instead.

The next step in renewable energy could be right beneath your feet as you walk through a Romford shopping centre.

Newsletter Sign Up

Romford Recorder twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Education Promo

News from your area

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now