Police are hunting the boyfriend of TOWIE star Ferne McCann over a shocking nightclub acid attack which left up to 20 victims injured.
Arthur Collins, 25, is one of three men police want to question after a noxious substance was sprayed at revellers in the early hours of Monday morning.
Ms McCann was not with Mr Collins at the Mangle bar in Hackney, London, at the time of the incident and is said to be cooperating with the police investigation.
A spokesperson for the ‘The Only Way Is Essex’ star 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.”
In a recent interview with OK! Magazine, Ms McCann revealed the pair’s relationship was stepping up a notch and they were looking to move in together.
She also said she had plans for a romantic wedding with the Hertfordshire based scaffolder and businessman.
Police have advised that Mr Collins should not be approached by members of the public.
Officers swooped on the suspect’s £1million Hertfordshire home on Tuesday but he was not believed to be at the property.
It has also been alleged that officers found illegal firearms and a cannabis farm at the home.
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 from Hackney CID, 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.
“If you were there and saw anyone involved inside or leaving the nightclub, please get in touch.”
Officers believe a dispute between two groups of people developed and resulted in a noxious substance being sprayed by a male suspect.
Two men aged 24 and 29 have been transferred to a specialist burns hospital in Essex where they remain in a serious but stable condition after the attack.
Among those hurt was the cousin of ex-Premier League footballer Jamie O’Hara, who later described the attack as “sick”.
Sharing a picture of his relative Sadie Wright’s face, he said: “Sick that my cousin got burnt from this acid attack in hackney, innocent people get injured for the sick act of violence, guy should get life.”
Australian model Isobella Fraser, 22, suffered burns down her arm and neck when liquid went through her dress and fumes left her unable to breathe.
Other TOWIE stars Chloe Meadows, Jamie Reed and his girlfriend, Jade Lewis, were also in the club but are thought to have left before the incident.
Hundreds of people were at the venue when the incident occurred, and roads were closed as emergency services, including a hazardous area response team, rushed to the scene.
Two other people are also wanted for questioning in connection with this incident. CCTV images of two men are currently being reviewed by investigators.
Police were called to the nightclub in at approximately 1am on Monday after being alerted to the attack.
London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service also attended.
A total of 12 people went to hospital suffering burns after attack with ambulances taking ten of them for treatment while another two presented themselves at hospital.
Eight more people have since come forward with various burn injuries.
Around 200 people are said to have left the venue prior to the attack and 400 were evacuated.
The noxious substance is yet to be identified, but it is believed to have been acidic.
There has been no arrests at this early stage and enquiries continue but police do not believe the incident was gang related.