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East London acid attack: New images of suspect released

John Tomlin Image copyright Metropolitan Police
Image caption John Tomlin is described as white, 6ft tall, of stocky build and with short fair hair and distinctive hand and face tattoos

Police have released new images of a man they want to talk to in connection with an acid attack in east London.

Two people were left with "life-changing" injuries when a corrosive substance was thrown on to them through their car windows.

Cousins Resham Khan and Jameel Muhktar had been celebrating Ms Khan's 21st birthday before the attack.

John Tomlin, 24, is described as white, 6ft tall, of stocky build and with short fair hair.

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Image caption Police said they would like to speak to John Tomlin, who has distinctive face tattoos, in connection with the attack
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Image caption Police say new CCTV images show Jon Tomlin's hand tattoo

The new images show Mr Tomlin, who has distinctive hand and face tattoos, entering a shop in Romford on 3 July.

Mr Tomlin is also known to frequent the Canning Town area.

Image copyright Resham Khan
Image caption Resham Khan has been left with damage to her left eye

Ms Khan, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, and Mr Muhktar suffered severe burns to the face and body in the attack on 21 June.

"Within seconds, my cousin started screaming. Her eyes were blistered, her face started melting. My face started melting", Mr Muhktar said.

According to police, they had stopped at traffic lights when the man approached them and threw the toxic substance at Ms Khan through the window.

The attacker then circled around the car and threw more of the acid at Mr Muhktar, before eventually fleeing the scene.

Image caption Jameel Muhktar had to be temporarily placed in an induced coma to treat his injuries

Mr Muhktar, 37, had to be temporarily placed in an induced coma to treat his injuries.

"I'm in a really bad way. I'm going to be scarred for life. I can't walk properly, I can't hear properly, I can't sleep", he said.

Police said the incident is being treated as a hate crime.

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