Father-of-five Imran Khan, 37, has spoken of his horror after teenage thugs squirted acid on him leaving him possibly scarred for life while he was delivering pizza.
Mr Khan, who owns Immy’s Pizza and grill in Dagenham, suffered horrific burns to his neck and face after a group of fourteen teenage thugs attacked him last week.
Mr Khan had been out on a delivery when he was approached by the group of thugs who stole his pizza and threw it on him.
He said: ‘There were a group of 13 or 14 of them – they just surrounded me,’.
‘They started swearing at me and I didn’t know what to do. They took the food off me and threw it at my face.’
The gang ran off after a passerby alerted police.
A short while later Mr Khan returned to the same road to re-deliver the order and then drove a short distance to pick up his wife Farina Bibi, 33, from her sister’s house.
But before he could even get out of his car to pick up his wife he was targeted by two teenage boys who are suspected to have been involved in the first incident.
One of the teenagers sprayed the acid from a Lucozade bottle through his car window.
Mr Khan said: ‘My face was burning – it was horrible,’.
‘I was in a lot of pain and couldn’t even open my eyes it was that bad.’
A passerby who witnessed Mr Khan screaming in pain quickly poured water over his face.
‘I think that’s what saved me.’ Mr Khan said.
‘The burns didn’t go too deep thank goodness.’
He was taken to Queen’s Hospital, Romford, and underwent intensive treatment after suffering injuries to his face and neck.
He has been refered to a scar specialist at London’s Whipps Cross University Hospital to help with the scaring and must use two different creams for the burns and antiseptic eye-drops.
Mr Khan said: ‘It was shocking, I’m still in shock,’
‘I’m more angry than anything. They should be punished for what they’ve done to me.
‘If they did this to me, what could they do to more vulnerable people?’
A Met Police spokesman said they have launched an urgent investigation.