UK police name suspect in east London nightclub acid attack

Carla Harmon
April 22, 2017

The 25-year-old is the boyfriend of The Only Way is Essex star Ferne McCann, who has urged him to go to a police station.

Over the Easter weekend we learned the awful news that there had been an acid attack in a London nightclub, leaving 20 people with injuries.

Police have released CCTV images of Collins on the night of the attack in Mangle E8 nightclub in Dalston, east London.

Two of the injured men - and 24-year-old and a 29-year-old - remain in a specialist burns unit hospital in Essex, both in a serious but stable condition.

Officers believe a dispute between two groups of people developed inside the venue, resulting in a noxious substance being sprayed by a male suspect directly at the pair.

A statement issued by Ferne's representative reads: 'Ferne is aware that the police wish to speak to Arthur Collins and the nature of the accusations against him.

"Obviously these are highly shocking and Ferne has co-operated with the police in their enquiries", she said.

The man was arrested at an address in north London on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, the Metropolitan Police said. All have burn related injuries.

Det Insp Lee McCullough from Hackney CID said: "We now have 20 people suffering from the effects of an acidic substance being sprayed in a confined space in a busy nightclub".

Officers also carried out three arrest warrants at addresses in Hertfordshire and others in Milton Keynes.

"Doctors don't know exactly what the substance was but I am sure it is going to leave me scarred - at the moment I have a huge purple mark on my back". "If you were there and saw anyone involved inside or leaving the nightclub, please get in touch".

25-year-old Collins, reportedly a scaffolder and businessman from Essex, met McCann through mutual friends and publicly announced their relationship via social media during a holiday in Marbella. She said through a spokesman Wednesday she wants him to "immediately" turn himself in.

"I want these long extensions, mermaid-style hair covering my breasts, with flowers in my hair and no shows". Former Premier League soccer star and Celebrity Big Brother housemate Jamie O'Hara said his cousin, Sadie Wright, was among those hurt.

Among those hurt was Australian model Isobel Fraser, 22, along with her sister, Prue.

Hundreds of people were at the venue when the incident occurred, and roads were closed as emergency services, including a hazardous area response team, rushed to the scene.

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