The partner of a reality TV star is being hunted by police in connection with an acid attack in a crowded nightclub located in east London.
Person of interest:
Arthur Collins, Ferne McCann’s boyfriend, is wanted for questioning by the Metropolitan police following the evacuation of 400 people from the Mangle E8 nightclub in Hackney.
According to officers, following the spraying of an unidentified lethal substance, at least 20 people were injured, including two in serious condition who are being treated at a renowned burns unit in Essex.
A dispute occurred between two groups of people in the early hours of Monday morning, that’s when the liquid was splashed, according to the Met. However, they haven’t arrested anyone yet. They have also broadcasted the CCTV image of 25-year-old Collins as a person of interest.
Ferne McCann, who is known for her appearances on The Only Way is Essex and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!, issued a statement through her spokeswoman saying: “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 cooperated with the police in their inquiries.
“She was not with Arthur on Sunday night; was not at Mangle; and has no direct knowledge of the events that unfolded.
“As much as anybody she wants to know the truth and urges Arthur to cooperate fully with the police and attend a police station immediately.”
Questions about the venue’s security:
On Tuesday, two of the victims, Prue Fraser and her sister Isobella from Australia, questioned the club’s security, saying: “The security wasn’t that tight, I don’t think there were a lot of people being kicked out for bad behavior. I don’t know how they’ve gotten the bottle in. I guess the bag checks weren’t that good.”
While another victim, who suffered burns on her foot from the attack, said that she was “disappointed” with the venue. She said: “Everyone was like ‘go, go, go’ and ‘let’s move, let’s move’. Then they started getting everyone out. At the time I didn’t realize I had been attacked, I thought someone had dropped a cigarette on my foot, but it was getting more red and stinging.
“It’s just like a red circle round my toes, around the size of a 50p piece, it is more sore than if you burned yourself, it is really stinging.
“It is scary because you just go out to have a good night and you realize how close it could have been to being a lot worse.
“I’m a bit disappointed with the club because they were frisking and checking our bags, but there were a considerable amount of people hurt so it must have been a whole bottle, it shouldn’t have got into the club.”
According to police, most of the victims were treated for minor injuries, except a 24-year-old and a 29-year-old man who are being treated at the St Andrews Centre for Plastic Surgery and Burns at Broomfield hospital in Chelmsford.
The results of detailed tests of the liquid haven’t been revealed yet by police, but according to a fire brigade spokeswoman, the pH paper test indicated a “strong acidic substance”.