Three men could be facing”life-changing” injuries after a vicious acid attack outside a popular gay venue in east London.

Three victims have been left with acid burns to their bodies close to a popular gay venue in Hackney, the Metropolitan police are reporting. The Evening Standard reports that witnesses saw the three men walking away from the venue, Dalston Superstore, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident occurred at 5:20AM on Sunday morning. The three male victims aged 17, 22 and 27 years old, were taken by the London Ambulance Service to an east London hospital.

Their injuries are not life-threatening. However, at this early stage, it is still to be determined whether the injuries will be life-changing.

It is possible that more people were injured during this altercation and that footage of the incident may have been captured on mobile phones.

“Vicious and unpleasant incident”

Detective Sergeant Quinn Cutler investigating said, “This is a particularly vicious and unpleasant incident which has left a number of people with potentially lasting injuries.

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“I know that a number of people witnessed this incident and I urge those people to come forward and share their information and/or footage with police.”

The police are not currently treating this incident as a homophobic attack.

Anyone with information is asked to call Hackney CID on 07825 793 215 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.