A man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender as the hunt continues for chemical attack suspect Abdul Ezedi.

Police have been searching for the 35-year-old since January 31 after a mother, 31, and her daughters, aged eight and three, were attacked with a corrosive substance in Lessar Avenue, Clapham.

In the latest update issued today (February 5) by Metropolitan Police Commander Jon Savell, a man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

He was taken to a south London custody suite and has since been bailed.

Commander Savell added the woman remains in a “very critical but stable condition” where she suffered significant facial injuries that will “impact her for the rest of her life”.

The 31-year-old may lose the sight in her right eye after the attack, while her daughters have since been discharged from hospital.

Investigators are trawling through hundreds of hours of CCTV and have tracked Ezedi’s movements on the Tube network via his bank card, with the latest sighting now on Southwark Bridge at 9.50pm on Wednesday.

The last confirmed time that he used his bank card was on Wednesday, police said.

Counter-terrorism officers are helping sift through CCTV as part of the manhunt following the attack.

Detective Superintendent Rick Sewett, who was also at the briefing, said that police are still trying to establish the relationship between Ezedi and the injured woman.

The discovery of his mobile phone has helped detectives understand their connection, but the motive behind the attack remains unclear.

It was confirmed that Ezedi is not the father of the woman’s children, who were also injured during the attack.

A reward of up to £20,000 was previously on offer for information leading to the arrest of Abdul Ezedi.

Anyone with information about Ezedi is asked to call 020 7175 2784 or for an immediate sighting dial 999.

To remain anonymous, please contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.