Clapham chemical assault: Everything we learn about Abdul Ezedi | EUROtoday

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A manhunt is continuous at the moment after a mom and her two kids suffered doubtlessly life-changing accidents when a corrosive alkaline substance was thrown at them.

The fugitive on the centre of the assault in Clapham is convicted intercourse offender Abdul Shokoor Ezedi, 35.

In all, 12 folks wanted hospital remedy after the “targeted” assault in Lessar Avenue, which left the mom with accidents more likely to be life-changing.

He additionally allegedly threw one of many kids to the bottom, and in his try to drive away from the scene, he crashed right into a stationary automobile after which made off on foot.

What will we learn about Ezedi?

Ezedi, who’s believed to be identified to the mom, is initially from Afghanistan however is believed to have travelled to London from Newcastle on Wednesday, the place he was final seen in Caledonian Road, north London, about seven miles from Clapham.

CCTV pictures from a Tesco, the place he purchased a bottle of water, present him with extreme burn marks down the fitting aspect of his face.

It has since emerged that Ezedi was convicted of a sexual offence in 2018, for which he was given a suspended sentence at Newcastle Crown Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he was sentenced on 9 January of that yr after pleading responsible to at least one cost of sexual assault and considered one of publicity. Ezedi was placed on the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years.

He was then granted asylum within the UK in 2021 or 2022. He had been refused asylum twice earlier than, however was granted depart to stay after changing to Christianity.

Images from Tesco CCTV present Ezedi with extreme accidents to his face

(Metropolitan Police/AFP by way of Gett)

Ezedi was convicted of a sexual offence in 2018 earlier than being granted asylum in 2021 or 2022


Having reportedly travelled to the UK on a lorry in 2016, Ezedi was allowed to remain within the nation after a priest confirmed he had transformed and was “wholly committed” to his new faith, The Daily Telegraph reported.

An asylum-seeker might declare asylum within the UK on the idea of non secular persecution in their very own nation.

Police examine the scene of an incident close to Clapham Common, south London

(PA Wire)

Metropolitan Police Superintendent Gabriel Cameron stated: “At this stage I believe he may have been known to police but he’s not a local resident from London, as far as I’m aware. He’s come down from Newcastle.”

Bilal Khan, proprietor of Billy’s Garage in Byker, stated the wished man had been persistent when attempting to purchase a automobile from him final summer time. Mr Khan indicated that Ezedi lived in a close-by midway home.

“He approached me last year asking if I had a car for sale. We had one which he was interested in and I told him the price. He was a very persistent type of guy – he doesn’t let things go easily,” he stated.

Here’s a timeline of how occasions have unfolded up to now:


During the day, Ezedi is claimed to have travelled to London from Newcastle, the place he had been dwelling.

Around 7.25pm

The assault on a 31-year-old lady who was together with her daughters, aged three and eight, takes place.

Ezedi is claimed to have made an try to drive away from the scene however crashed right into a stationary automobile and fled on foot.

The Metropolitan Police had been known as the scene, with 12 folks, together with 5 officers, injured. Fire and ambulance crews had been additionally known as to assist.


Ezedi was seen with vital accidents at a Tesco Express store in Caledonian Road, north London.

He is believed to have purchased a bottle of water earlier than leaving the store and turning proper.

Later, he was final seen boarding a southbound Victoria Tube at King’s Cross station.


Around 9.30am

Scotland Yard say the mom and three-year-old lady have doubtlessly life-changing accidents.


Ezedi’s identification is revealed and members of the general public are warned to keep away from him.

The Met say they’re working with Northumbria Police because the wished man could also be attempting to return to the northeast.


There is a heightened police presence in Caledonian Road, as unmarked vehicles with blue sirens are seen and police autos drive across the space.


The picture of Ezedi shopping for a bottle of water is launched.



Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell urges Ezedi to “do the right thing and hand yourself in”.

Mr Savell says “significant and important pieces of evidence” had been recovered in east London and Newcastle on Thursday evening.


Police say the injured mom is sedated and “very poorly” in hospital.


Police urge the general public to assist hint Ezedi, describing it as “really important”.



Police launch footage of empty containers with corrosive warnings being present in a raid on an tackle in Newcastle.

Tests are ongoing to work out if the substance is the one used within the Clapham assault.

They additionally say they’ve acquired dozens of calls in regards to the manhunt, together with potential sightings, as they renewed their enchantment for the general public’s assist catching him.



Police announce a reward of as much as £20,000 is on provide to anybody who can present data resulting in Ezedi’s arrest.

Detectives additionally affirm evaluation of the substance reveals it’s a “very strong concentrated corrosive substance”, both liquid sodium hydroxide or liquid sodium carbonate.

The Met additionally releases CCTV video footage of Ezedi within the Tesco on Caledonian Road, the place he’s seen shopping for what seems to be water within the self-service checkout earlier than leaving the store.