Our community was left understandably shaken on Wednesday night in a horrific incident of violence against women, which saw a woman, her two young children, and those who came to their aid doused with a corrosive alkaline substance. The five police officers and four members of the public caught up in the attack have thankfully been discharged from hospital. I am incredibly grateful for their brave intervention in an incredibly scary and dangerous situation, which has left a woman with potentially life-changing injuries. I am relieved to hear that her children’s injuries are now not considered to be life-changing and know the whole community is hoping for everyone’s swift recovery.
Police have named the suspected perpetrator of the attack as Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, who remains at large and has connections to the Northeast of England. The latest confirmed sighting of the suspect took place at exactly 9pm at King’s Cross. Ezedi has sustained distinctive injuries to the right side of his face. Members of the public are advised not to approach him if they spot him and to call 999 instead.
I have been working with police, local councillors, and the local authority in the aftermath of this shocking incident to reassure the community. It is very important not to speculate on this case. However, people will be understandably concerned to hear that the suspect only received a suspended sentence for previous sexual offences, including indecent exposure. This highlights the longstanding minimisation of violence against women and girls within our criminal justice system and wider society, which is something that must absolutely be addressed.