UK po­lice name sus­pect in east Lon­don night­club acid at­tack

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing an acid at­tack at a Lon­don night­club that left 20 peo­ple in­jured are search­ing for the boyfriend of a re­al­ity TV per­former who has urged him to turn him­self in. Lon­don po­lice on Tues­day named Arthur Collins as a sus­pect wanted for ques­tion­ing in the case, which left two men in their 20s se­ri­ously in­jured and need­ing hospi­tal treat­ment in a spe­cial­ist burns unit. The 25-year-old Collins is the boyfriend of per­former Ferne McCann, who has ap­peared on Bri­tish re­al­ity shows “The Only Way is Es­sex” and “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here.” Through a spokes­woman, McCann called the al­le­ga­tions against Collins “highly shock­ing” and urged him to “im­me­di­ately” turn him­self in. Po­lice warned mem­bers of the pub­lic not to ap­proach Collins, but to call emer­gency ser­vices if they saw him. Po­lice say the at­tack hap­pened early Mon­day morn­ing af­ter a dis­pute between two groups at the Man­gle night­club. Metropoli­tan Po­lice De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Lee McCul­lough said “the nox­ious sub­stance used has not yet been con­firmed but sam­ples re­trieved from the scene have been sent for anal­y­sis.” Po­lice are also seek­ing wit­nesses to an ap­par­ently un­re­lated acid at­tack on Fri­day. In that case, a nox­ious spray was used dur­ing a car­jack­ing.

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