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Body is found in the hunt for Clapham chemical attacker Abdul Ezedi: Met Police recover body in River Thames which they say is the suspect – nearly three weeks after mother and her children were attacked


Police believe they have found Abdul Ezedi dead in the Thames after a body was spotted in the water by a passing boat.

The Afghan-born asylum seeker was wanted for a brutal attack on a mother and her children in Clapham where he doused them in alkaline.

Scotland Yard has said at 4pm yesterday the crew of a passing boat reported they had seen a body in the water at Tower Pier in east London. He was last seen several miles away in Chelsea.

The body was recovered by the Met’s Marine Policing Unit and has been viewed by detectives working on the investigation.

Commander Jon Savell said: ‘Based on the distinctive clothing he was wearing at the time of the attack and property found on his body, we strongly believe we have recovered the body of Ezedi.

‘We have been in contact with his family to pass on the news.

A CCTV image of Clapham acid attack suspect Abdul Ezedi (pictured) who is believed to have been found dead in the River Thames

A CCTV image of Clapham acid attack suspect Abdul Ezedi (pictured) who is believed to have been found dead in the River Thames

A police boat is seen on the Thames on February 10 as officers search for the body of Ezedi

A police boat is seen on the Thames on February 10 as officers search for the body of Ezedi

‘As you may expect after a considerable period of time in the strong current of the Thames, formal identification is not possible visually, nor from fingerprints. We will work with the coroner on other ways to complete formal identification, such as DNA testing and dental records. That may take some time.

‘Our enquiries continue into the attack. I am pleased to say the condition of the 31-year-old woman has improved. She remains in hospital but she is in a stable condition and no longer sedated. We have still not been able to speak to her but hope to as soon as she is well enough.

‘Again, I thank all those hundreds of members of the public who called us with information during the hunt for Ezedi. The public support for our investigation was overwhelming and every piece of information provided was followed up.’

Newcastle-based Ezedi has not been seen since he allegedly poured the chemical on the woman and her two children, aged three and eight. 

The mother-of-two was left in a critical condition sedated in hospital with police revealing she is still ‘too [poorly to speak’ due to her ‘significant injuries’.

Her daughters were discharged from hospital after doctors confirmed their injuries were less severe than first thought.

Following the attack, which took place on a leafy street in south west London, Ezedi fled the scene, with his movements on that night being captured on CCTV across the capital.

The Metropolitan Police launched a manhunt for attacker Ezedi (pictured) who has since been found dead in the Thames

The Metropolitan Police launched a manhunt for attacker Ezedi (pictured) who has since been found dead in the Thames 



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