Sunday 21 January 2018

Police arrest boyfriend of TOWIE star Ferne McCann over London nightclub acid attack

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
Reality star Ferne McCann, centre, and with boyfriend Arthur Collins, left
Ferne McCann
Ferne McCann attend the National Television Awards on January 25, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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)
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)
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)
CCTV image issued by the Metropolitan Police of Arthur Collins, 25, who police would like to speak to after a suspected acid attack injured 16 revellers at Mangle in Dalston, east London, early on Monday morning. Picture: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire
Ferne McCann and boyfriend Arthur Collins on holidays recently. Picture: Instagram

Nina Massey

Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann, has been arrested in connection with the east London nightclub acid attack, which left two revellers partially blinded and others disfigured.

The 25-year-old was arrested at an address in Rushden, Northamptonshire, on Saturday, on suspicion of attempted murder.

Police sought Collins after a noxious substance was sprayed inside the Mangle club in Dalston on April 17.

Collins, from Hertfordshire, had been in a relationship with Ms McCann, best known for her appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!

After the incident she urged him to contact police.

His arrest comes after a man was charged with in relation to the same incident.

Andre Phoenix was charged with seven counts of grievous bodily harm on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said.

He will appear at Thames Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Around 20 clubbers suffered burns after being doused with the substance on Easter Monday, including a 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man who were both blinded in one eye.

Detective Inspector Lee McCullough of Hackney CID said: "The noxious substance used has not yet been confirmed but samples retrieved from the scene have been sent for analysis.

"If you were there and saw anyone involved inside or leaving the nightclub, please get in touch."

The blinded man and another victim, a 29-year-old man, were transferred to a specialist burns hospital in Essex and have since been discharged, police said.

Police believe trouble brewed between two groups at the packed club and the acidic substance was flung directly over the pair.

A 24-year-old old man arrested in north London over the attack on Friday has since been released, police said.

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