Sunday 25 June 2017

Man hunted over nightclub acid attack may have travelled to Ireland, police tell victim

Ferne McCann and inset Arthur Collins
Ferne McCann and inset Arthur Collins
Ferne McCann attends the National Television Awards at The O2 Arena on January 25, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic)
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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A man wanted for questioning over a London nightclub attack that injured 20 may have fled to Ireland, police have told one of his victims.

Arthur Collins, the partner of reality TV star Ferne McCann, is being hunted by detectives investigating a suspected acid attack at a packed nightclub last weekend.

Twenty people were injured when corrosive liquid was sprayed at Mangle in Dalston, east London.

The 25-year-old, from Hertfordshire, has been in a relationship with Ferne, best known for her appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

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Ferne McCann attends the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards 2016 at the Royal Festival Hall on May 8, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Police have arrested a second man and are seeking a third.

Victims Sophie Hall (21) told the Daily Mail she suffered third degree burns in the attack.

Miss Hall, who is now recovering at her family home in Poole, said: "You never expect to go to a club for the night out and leave disfigured. The people responsible should never be let out of prison.

"We have spoken to the police investigating this and they told us they have received a tip off Arthur Collins fled to Spain or Ireland."

On Thursday Scotland Yard said it was working around the clock to locate Mr Collins.

Detective Inspector Lee McCullough, warned Collins is potentially dangerous and said anyone suspected of helping him evade the authorities also faces arrest.

Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

"My team is acting on a number of leads to bring in those wanted for questioning in relation to this awful incident," he told the Daily Mail.

"I am continuing to appeal to Arthur Collins and the two men who were seen with him to hand themselves in so that we can talk to them about the incident in the nightclub.

"I would also urge anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact police.

"Equally, anyone found harbouring those wanted for questioning by police can expect a knock at the door and could well find themselves under arrest."

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