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Judge: 'Wicked' acid attack left victim 'devastated'

Naomi Oni was left scarred for life after the acid was thrown into her face Credit: Met Police

A woman jailed for throwing acid in the face of her friend intended to "burn and disfigure" the victim in a "callous" plan, a judge has said.

Mary Konye, 22, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after attacking her friend Naomi Oni as she travelled home from work leaving her scarred for life.

Judge David Radford said the consequences of her "wicked act have been devastating to Miss Oni".

He added that it was a "premeditated and callous" plan.


Woman faces jail for acid attack

A woman is due to be sentenced today for an acid attack on her friend following an argument. Mary Konye disguised herself in a Muslim veil and attacked Naomi Oni after following her home from work.

Mary Konye disguised herself in a veil
Mary Konye disguised herself in a veil Credit: Metropolitan Police

Naomi Oni, 21, was seriously burnt on her face and chest in the attack in Dagenham in December 2012.

Naomi Oni in the aftermath of the attack
Naomi Oni in the aftermath of the attack Credit: Metropolitan Police

Grenade blast in Dagenham

Police are appealing for information after an explosion in a block of flats in Dagenham.

Damage was caused to the floor, door and window in a communal area of Steadman House in Uvedale Road at around 5:30am on Saturday.

The component parts of what is believed to be a grenade were recovered at the scene.

Detective Inspector Andy George from Trident's North East shootings team said:

"We are keen to speak to anyone who knows anything about this incident, or was in the vicinity of Steadman House around 5.30am last Saturday and saw anything suspicious. This device had the potential to cause serious injury and it is important that we apprehend those responsible as soon as possible."

Appeal after police officer injured

Leon Tyrell is being sought by police. Credit: Met Police

Police in Barking and Dagenham have released a photo of a man they'd like to speak to in connection with a traffic collision in which a police officer was injured.

Yesterday evening at around 5pm a black Ford Mondeo was in a collision with an unmarked police car in Bradwell Avenue in Dagenham.

The officer was taken to hospital, treated for his injuries and later discharged.

Police want to speak to 19-year old Leon Tyrell who's approximately 5 ft 8 inches tall, of stocky build and has a tattoo on his forearm.

Anyone who has information should call police on 999 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


Police: 'This was a shocking assault'

“The victim, a 14-year-old boy from Newham, accidentally stood on a man’s foot on a 103 bus.

When the bus stopped, the man followed the schoolboy into Dagenham East station and punched him in the head.

The boy fell to the ground and was left unconscious, suffering bruising and a cut to his face.

This was a shocking and callous assault that left the young victim needing hospital treatment.

I’m urging anyone who recognises the man pictured, or has any information that could assist officers with the investigation, to please contact us.”

– Detective Constable Carl Wayte, investigating officer

Boy left in pool of blood after Tube attack 'for accidentally treading on man's foot'

British Transport Police are appealing for the public’s help after a teenage boy was left unconscious following an assault.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Wednesday, 12 February at Dagenham East Underground station.

Man police want to speak to.
Officers are now calling on the public to help identify the man pictured; who they believe has key information about what took place. Credit: British Transport Police

The 14-year-old victim, whose family are too afraid to name him, reportedly stepped on the man’s foot accidentally on a bus while joking around with a friend after school.

Despite receiving an apology the man followed the boy and confronted him before punching him in the head. The teenager fell to the ground and was unconscious on the platform at Dagenham East station for 20 minutes.

Anyone with information is asked contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting incident reference LUA/B6 of 18/02/14.

Alternatively call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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