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Police link aggravated burglary in Greenford with other incidents

Police have said an aggravated burglary in Greenford last night (31 March 2023) in which the occupants were sprayed with a corrosive substance is being linked to a series of incidents that have happened in Southall, Golders Green and Harrow over the past week.

Officers were called at 9:09pm last night to Greenford Road, UB6 following reports of a group of men had forced entry to a residential address. When police ariveed they discovered three women, one in her 60s and two in their 20s were assaulted with a corrosive substance.

The victims were taken to hospital for injuries which were later assessed to be not life-threatening or life-changing.

According to police each incident over the past week has been very similar. A group of masked men forced their way into homes and either threatened or sprayed occupants with a corrosive substance, before fleeing.

The suspects have been described as being dressed in dark clothing and wearing balaclavas and gloves. They are believed to have fled in a dark-coloured vehicle.

Detective Sergeant Huss Ahmed, North West Command Unit said: “Local people have been rightly concerned following a number of incidents that have been reported online and on social media. We of course share that concern. We can confirm we are treating five incidents across Harrow and Ealing as linked.

“We are advising local people to be vigilant but not alarmed – stay alert to your surroundings at night, keep doors locked and windows closed, and monitor any doorbell and security camera systems to check on any suspicious activity.

“If you have information, video or images that you think could help us, it is vital that you report it to us immediately so that we can track down and arrest the people responsible.”

Police are asking anyone with information to Call 101 or tweet @MetCC with information, ref CAD8586/30Mar.

To remain 100% anonymous contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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