Five men charged over acid attack on British boy (3)

Child taken to hospital with serious burns to arm and face after incident in Worcester

The Home Bargains store on the Shrub Hill Retail Park in Tallow Hill, Worcester where a three year boy in a pushchair had a corrosive substance ‘thrown or sprayed’ over him. Photograph: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

The Home Bargains store on the Shrub Hill Retail Park in Tallow Hill, Worcester where a three year boy in a pushchair had a corrosive substance ‘thrown or sprayed’ over him. Photograph: Matthew Cooper/PA Wire

 

British police have charged five men in connection with a suspected acid attack on a three-year-old boy in the city of Worcester.

The five men were charged with “conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm”, West Mercia police said in a statement .

The men will appear at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday morning, the police said.

The boy was taken to hospital with serious burns to his arm and face after the incident at the Home Bargains store in Worcester on Saturday.

“He has since been discharged but the long-term implications of his injuries are unknown at this time,” West Mercia police said.

The police had arrested the fifth man in connection with the on-going investigation on Tuesday and said it believed the incident to be an isolated one without a wider risk to the public.