Reality TV Star’s Boyfriend Hunted Down And Charged Over London Nightclub Acid Attack

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By Heat Street Staff | 5:35 am, April 24, 2017
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The boyfriend of a British reality TV star has been charged with an acid attack at a London nightclub that left many victims disfigured and two partially blinded.

Arthur Collins, 25, whose girlfriend is reality star Ferne McCann, was arrested by police in Northamptonshire on Saturday night.

McCann is best known for her appearances on reality TV shows The Only Way is Essex and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

Collins was charged Sunday with 15 separate crimes linked to grievous bodily harm, and is due to appear in court Monday.

A second man, Andrew Phoenix, 21, has also been charged.

The attack took place over Easter weekend at the trendy Mangle nightclub in East London.

A fight broke out between two groups, resulting in a bottle-sized container of corrosive liquid being thrown inside the packed club. A total of 20 people were reportedly injured.

A 22-year-old woman and a 24-year-old man were both blinded in one eye while many other were burned elsewhere.

One of the victims. Source: Twitter
Another victim who suffered burns to her arms. Source: Facebook/ Isobella Fraser

Police had been hunting Collins for almost a week. Officers swooped on £1 million ( $1.3 million) property last week to question him over the alleged attack but he did not appear to be in at the time.

Acid-based violence is thought to be on the rise both in the UK and across Europe. According to a Sunday Times report, acid attacks have nearly doubled in the UK in the past five years.

Earlier this month, a couple and their two-year-old son were attacked in North London while they were out for a walk with their toddler. The father said he suffered “life-changing” injuries over the assault.

This year, at least five women were sprayed with battery acid at night by unknown cyclists in Berlin. Police are still looking for evidence.