A teenager has been locked up for throwing incredibly strong alkaline in two men's faces.

At 1.33pm on February 12 the 16-year-old from Walthamstow became involved in a fight on Argyle Square, Kings Cross.

The groups of men involved then headed to the nearby Cresfield Street where the suspect approached his victims - two men aged 19 and 20 - and squirted a noxious liquid in their faces.

The victims were found nearby being treated for facial injuries by paramedics after an ambulance was flagged down.

They were then taken to a central London hospital.

Forensic examinations were conducted and the liquid was later found to be alkali of the highest Ph level outside of laboratory conditions.

Neither victim was seriously injured.

On Wednesday, February 13 the suspect was arrested at his home address having been identified from CCTV.

DC Kelly Taylor, from the Central North Command Unit, led the investigation.

She said: "Before this attack, the suspect was not known to police. Now due to a few seconds of anger, he is facing three years detention in a youth offender's institution.

"Hopefully he will use the time to contemplate his callous and violent actions.

"Alkali has the potential to cause a huge amount of damage when in contact with a person - it is only by sheer luck that no one was more seriously injured.

"This swift investigation and conviction was greatly assisted by witnesses and members of the local community who helped the team with this investigation and their co-operation is greatly appreciated."

Having previously pleaded guilty to throwing a corrosive substance with intent at Highbury Corner Youth Court on Friday, 15 February, the teenager was sentenced to three years' imprisonment.