Five teenagers were sprayed with suspected acid in a horrifying attack at an Essex train station.

The five friends – aged 16 to 18 – were targeted with dangerous chemicals at South Ockendon in the early hours of Sunday in an unprovoked assault.

One of the boys, 17-year-old Lee Elliott, is reportedly in danger of losing his sight in one eye after the substance was thrown in his face.

Another 17-year-old suffered potentially life-changing burns to his mouth and tongue and the three others, aged 16, 17 and 18, sustained minor injuries to the face or hands.

Police say a man jumped off a train which was passing through the station and squirted the boys, before getting back onto the service.

He was travelling with up to nine others who stayed on the train, officers said.

They have released a CCTV still of a man they want to speak to over the attack at about 12.40am on Sunday.

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