Stephen has today written to the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, about the spike in acid attacks in East London.
Figures released earlier this years showed that almost a quarter of acid attacks in London took place in Newham. Since 2010 there have been 415 attacks in Newham. This compares to Barking and Dagenham where 157 incidents were reported for the same period.
Stephen has asked the Home Secretary whether the Government will look at restricting sales of corrosive acids, and if a licensing scheme could be introduced for those purchasing particular corrosive substances. To read the letter, click here.
Speaking about the recent attacks, Stephen said: "I am deeply troubled by the spate of acid attacks in Newham. I will be working with Lyn Brown and other colleagues in the House of Commons over the coming weeks to force Ministers to consider more stringent controls on the sale of noxious substances. We need to ensure that local residents can again move freely around our area, without fear of attack."
Stephen has also tabled for an Adjournment Debate in Parliament. If successful the debate will take place before the House rises for the summer recess.