The boyfriend of reality TV star Ferne McCann is being hunted by detectives investigating a nightclub acid attack which left 20 people injured.
Arthur Collins is wanted for questioning after the corrosive liquid was sprayed during an argument at Mangle in Dalston, east London.
The 25-year-old, from Hertfordshire, has 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!
His home in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, was raided on Monday night by police carrying out an arrest warrant in connection with the attack, where they allegedly found a cache of firearms, cannabis plants and cultivation equipment.
Two clubbers, aged 24 and 29, were seriously hurt in the attack early on Monday morning and have been moved to a specialist burns hospital in Essex, the Metropolitan Police said.
Police said Mr Collins should not be approached, urging members of the public to instead ring 999. Ms McCann appealed to her boyfriend to turn himself in to police.
A spokeswoman for her said: “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 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.”
Mangle nightclub in Dalston, east London Mangle nightclub in Dalston, east London (Jack Hardy/PA) A 54-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested at Mr Collins’s address on suspicion of of cultivating cannabis.
Detective inspector Lee McCullough said: “We now have 20 people suffering from the effects of an acidic substance being sprayed in a confined space in a busy nightclub.
“All have burn related injuries. The noxious substance used has not yet been confirmed but samples retrieved from the scene have been sent for analysis.”
The police search for Mr Collins comes just one day after Ms McCann revealed the couple had plans to wed.
In an interview with OK! magazine, the 26-year-old said: “We’ve spoken about our wedding. We want to get married on a beach. I want it to be a party and a celebration.”
She said the pair had met on Instagram last August.
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