Arthur Collins, the boyfriend of TOWIE star Ferne McCann, is being sought by police in connection with an acid attack that happened in a packed London nightclub in the early hours of Monday (17 April).
The 25-year-old man from Hertfordshire is wanted in connection with the attack at Wringer & Mangle in Dalston which followed an argument between two people.
A corrosive substance was sprayed into the crowd, injuring more than 20 and leaving two, aged 24 and 29, still receiving treatment in a specialist burns hospital in Essex.
Police said Mr Collins should not be approached. Members of the public are instead urged to ring 999.
An address in Hertfordshire was raided on Monday night by officers carrying out an arrest warrant in connection with the attack.
“Ferne is aware that the police wish to speak to Arthur Collins and the nature of the accusations against him,” a spokesperson for McCann told The Telegraph. “Obviously these are highly shocking and Ferne has co-operated 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 co-operate fully with the police and attend a police station immediately.”
TOWIE cast members Jamie Reed, his girlfriend Jade Lewis, and Chloe Meadows were all at the club on Sunday night when the attack took place.
— JadeLewis (@JadeTLewis) April 17, 2017
Reveller Scott Kempster told The Sun: “It was crazy scary — everyone was screaming.
“I was at the bar with friends and a guy was pushing some people around. A bouncer asked him to leave, but he grabbed his arm and pulled a bottle out of his pocket.
“He sprayed the bouncer and my friend and some girls got hit. At first everyone thought it was water, then people started running as they realised it was acid.
“The guy who threw it then started throwing other stuff before he ran off,” he added. “One girl looked in a bad way. Staff were putting wet towels on her face and pouring water over her.”
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