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Two arrests made in acid attack case

PARTIALLY BLINDED: Naomi Oni

POLICE CONFIRM that two people have been arrested following an incident that left a young woman’s face severely scarred after acid was thrown on her in east London in December.

Naomi Oni, 21, needed skin grafts after acid was thrown on her by a person wearing a veil covering their face after she got off of a bus in Dagenham, east London on December 30.

A 21-year-old woman was arrested on February 22 and a man, 24, was arrested on February 24 both on suspicion of being involved in causing grievous bodily harm.

The two suspects have been bailed to return, pending further enquiries.

Claims emerged over the weekend that prior to the incident Oni had looked on the internet on information regarding acid attacks.

Police seized the victim’s laptop and refused to comment on the allegations.

These claims left the former Victoria’s Secret shop assistant “angry and hurt” and the family are considering making a formal complaint to the Met.

Oni, who has been partially blinded following the attack, told The Standard: “I’ve only just come out of hospital after having surgery on my eye. To see this story saying that I’d done it made me so angry and really hurts. There’s no way I would have done this to myself. I want the person who did this to be caught.”

Family friend Sheila Maclean added: “There’s no proof whatsoever Naomi did this. It’s despicable to suggest she did. Every time the police come up with something more and more ridiculous.

“It’s all very upsetting for Naomi. She knows the person who did this to her is still out there.”

Three witnesses have been traced but police would like to speak to another potential witness who got on a 368 bus at Barking Railway Station and got off at Lodge Avenue at around 12:45am on December 30.

He is described as a black man, around 20 to 30 years, 5ft 5inch and of medium build, wearing a black jacket and a black hooded top with blue jeans.

Anyone with information should call Barking and Dagenham CID on 0203 276 1056 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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