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Ilford teenager jailed for eight years for acid attack

The judge lifted the restriction which allowed Linden Crick to be name (Pic-Met Police)

A teenager from Ilford has been jailed for eight years following an acid attack in Newham.

17-year-old Linden Crick, of Woodford Avenue, was handed the sentence at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Thursday, 20 January. 

Usually the naming of youths is prohibited but a judge has the power to lift these restrictions.  

He was found guilty of section 18 GBH with intent, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of a bladed article and six counts of attempted robbery following the at the same court on 7 October 2021.

The court was told how Crick entered Plashet Park on an e-scooter at around 17:00 on Tuesday, 2 February with an unknown male. 

They approached a group of seven males and engaged them in conversation before he demanded they gave him their phones and threatened them with acid which was in a sports bottle.

The attack took place in Plashet Park (Pic-Google Maps)

Some of the group ran off and the others were threatened with further violence if they did not also vacate the area. 

A few seconds later, Crick approached another 17-year-old male who was exercising in the park. 

Crick demanded that he gave him his phone before squiring the acid in the victim’s face. 

He then left the park on his scooter, passing one of the group who he’d originally confronted who was on the phone to the police. 

Officers as well as London Ambulance Service attended and took the victim to hospital for treatment for the burn injuries caused by the acidic substance.

Police recovered the bottle and were able to identify the contents as sulphuric acid. 

An investigation identified the suspect and he was arrested on April 22.  

DS Keith Faris, who was an investigation officer, said, “This was a shocking and needless attack which has left a young man with life changing injuries.

“The suspect entered the park that day with the express intent of intimidating and threatening others; when the victim refused the demand to hand over his phone he subjected to a horrendous and cowardly assault.

“While the victim continues to recover, he will have to live with his injuries for the rest of his life. I can only hope that this conviction brings some sense of justice to him.”

A second suspect who was with the defendant at the time of the incident remains outstanding.

Anyone who may have information about them are asked to call police on 101 quoting CAD 6763/02Feb.

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