A minicab driver is fighting to save his sight following an acid attack in Enfield North London during the early hours of Saturday morning.
Two suspects managed to get the driver to exit his vehicle before they sprayed the noxious substance into his eyes. The two attackers then grabbed the car keys and drove off in his vehicle.
The 63 year old victim was rushed to an East London hospital where he remains with eye injuries that the police say are life-changing.
It is unclear whether an altercation had taken place prior to the attack between the driver and the two thugs but a witness said the driver had got out his vehicle to confront the men before he was sprayed with the noxious substance.
Police said they believe that the attackers were laying in ambush on Bell Lane at the junction of Brimsdown Avenue.
Police officers frantically poured water over the face of the victim while local residents watched in horror.
Detectives have appealed for witnesses to the horrific attack at 2am on Saturday 7, and released details of the Toyota Avensis, registration BG58 LZK.
DC James Rush, from Enfield Major Crime Unit, said: “This was a vicious robbery all the more appalling because of the brazen use of a strong chemical to rob the victim. I would ask for anyone who was in Albany Park or the surrounding area at the time of this incident to contact police.”
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.