Three men arrested over acid attack on boy aged 3 in Worcester

Three men have been arrested in London on suspicion of conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm over a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in Worcester.

The toddler, who was targeted in a "deliberate attack" at a Home Bargains shop on Saturday, suffered injuries to his face and arm in the incident. 

After a 39-year-old man was arrested on Sunday, police released CCTV images of three men they wanted to question in connection with the attack.

Three men, aged 22, 25 and 26, were later arrested, West Mercia Police said on Monday. 

Detective Inspector Tony Garner said: "We'd like to thank everyone who shared our appeal over the weekend and contacted us with information; all of this is helping us to build up a better picture of this incident. We're continuing to urge anyone else with information to contact us."


The 39-year-old man from Wolverhampton who was arrested on Sunday remained in police custody.

Issuing the appeal for information on Sunday, Chief Superintendent Mark Travis, of West Mercia Police, 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. 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."

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

 Officers were seen scouring bins and looking under cars on Sunday as they searched for the container used in the attack.
Worcester MP Robin Walker said: "The shock will be universal. Anyone conducting such an attack on a small child is just appalling."

Home Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park in Worcester 
Home Bargains on Shrub Hill Retail Park in Worcester  Credit: SWNS.com 
Shoppers described seeing emergency services heading to the shop where the three-year-old boy was attacked.
Rachel Bryant, 22, said: "There were loads of police and ambulances. I saw a woman crying and being comforted by police. I didn't know what it was all about.
"When I heard about the little boy I couldn't believe it. I assume the woman I saw could have been his mum. It's horrendous."

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