Three Injured by ‘Unidentified Substance Delivered in Envelope’ To London’s Borough Market

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 24: Police officers patrol Whitehall on March 24, 2017 in London, England. A fourth person has died after Khalid Masood drove a car into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before going on to fatally stab PC Keith Palmer on March 22. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
Carl Court/Getty Images

Police launched an investigation at London’s Borough Market Thursday afternoon after three people were injured by a substance delivered by post.

London Fire Brigade said they had been called to a “chemical incident” at a restaurant in the world-famous market Thursday. The Metropolitan Police said in a statement they had been called to “reports of an unidentified substance being delivered in an envelope to a business in Stoney Street, SE1”, and that the property had been evacuated.

Three people have been treated for injuries which have been described as minor, and no arrests have been made. It is not presently clear how the envelope containing the substance was delivered, and whether it went through the postal system.

The incident comes as London experiences a surge of attacks against individuals using corrosive substances. Breitbart London reported this week on the remarks of a specialist burns surgeon who has treated some of the victims of the thousands of acid attacks that have taken place in the capital in recent years, when he said they were now at “epidemic levels”. London has already been identified as the  acid attack capital of the world, with a 74 per cent rise in assaults — from 261 to 454 — between 2015 and 2016.

The Borough Market sustained another attack of a different kind in June when Islamist terrorists drove a hired van across London Bridge, running over pedestrians, before disembarking and stabbing bystanders with knives around the market. Eight were killed, and the attackers were shot dead by a police response unit.

Follow Oliver Lane on Facebook, Twitter: or e-mail: olane[at]



Please let us know if you're having issues with commenting.