A market trader has been rushed to hospital after two men wearing burkas threw acid over him.

Police and paramedics were called to Walthamstow High Street at 6.40am this morning after a man in his 40s ran into a shop screaming for help.

He had been setting up his stall when two men reportedly tapped him on the shoulder before throwing a corrosive substance at his face - believed to be acid.

Staff at the shop doused his face with water, while others chased the attackers and a customer called for an ambulance.

His attackers ran off towards a parked car and fled the scene.

Police cordoned off the area and have confirmed they have launched an investigation into the attack.

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, described the incident as a "horrific attack" adding: "I know everyone's thought will be with the victim of this awful crime".

A Met Police spokesperson said: "Police were called by the London Ambulance Service at 06.36am on Friday, 21 June to High Street, E17 following reports that a man had been assaulted with a corrosive substance.

"Officers and the London Fire Brigade attended. The man was taken to an east London hospital for treatment; his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

"It is alleged that the victim had been approached by two suspects, both wearing burkas, and had the substance thrown at him before they fled in a waiting car.

"There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

"Anyone with information that can assist police is asked to call 101 or tweet @MetCC quoting ref CAD 1434/21 June."