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Acid attack: 'Guns and drugs' found at home of suspect

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A photo of Collins issued by Met Police detectives © PA A photo of Collins issued by Met Police detectives Police allegedly found drugs and guns when they searched the home of TOWIE star Ferne McCann's boyfriend.

Arthur Collins, 25, is wanted for questioning after 20 people were left with burns in a nightclub acid attack over Easter weekend.

Detectives descended on his £1million home in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire on Monday night and allegedly found cannabis, cultivation equipment and illegal firearms.

Collins was not at the house when police arrived, but a 54-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested at the address on suspicion of of cultivating cannabis.

A Hertfordshire Police spokeswoman said: "Police conducting an arrest warrant at an address on White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, at 7.50pm on Monday, April 17, discovered cannabis plants and cultivation equipment.

"A 54-year-old man and a 52-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of cultivation of cannabis. Officers seized several plants and illegal firearms at the address.

"The two people arrested are still being investigated."

The semi-detached property lies along a leafy country lane where properties are worth a shade under £930,000 on average.

It is surrounded by green fields, farmland, woods and wide open space.

Ferne and Collins recently posed for OK magazine © fernemccann/Instagram Ferne and Collins recently posed for OK magazine The five-bedroom house also boasts two reception rooms and two bathrooms.

A white van could be seen parked on its drive this morning.

In a statement last night, Ferne urged Collins to "attend a police station immediately".

Police say Collins should not be approached and anyone who sees him should call 999 immediately.

The acide incident unfolded in the Mangle nightclub © Facebook/@WeAreLoveJuiceOfficial The acide incident unfolded in the Mangle nightclub Two clubbers, aged 24 and 29, were seriously hurt in the nightclub acid attack at the Mangle bar in Dalston, east London - and another 18 suffered burn injuries.

Ferne, 26, recently appeared on the front cover of OK magazine with Collins and spoke of her dreams of marrying the scaffolder  

A representative for the TOWIE 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."

A CCTV image of Collins released by police © PA A CCTV image of Collins released by police Police say a corrosive liquid was sprayed over clubbers during an argument between two groups in the nightclub.

A total of 20 people were left with burn injuries, the force added.

A Met Police statement said: "Arthur Collins, 25, of Hertfordshire, is wanted for questioning by police.

"Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged to contact with investigators.

"He should not be approached by members of the public. If seen the public are advised to call 999 immediately."

Among those hurt was the cousin of ex-Premier League footballer Jamie O'Hara, who later described the attack as "sick".

Australian model Isobella Fraser, 22, was burnt down her arm and back when the liquid seared through her dress and left her unable to breathe, according to reports.

Her sister, Prue, 20, was also scalded by the noxious substance.

One victim whose foot was burnt by the acid said she initially did not realise the severity of her injury.

The 25-year-old, who asked not to be named, told the Press Association: "It was very, very packed in there. All of a sudden down at the back bit of the bar everybody started moving out of the way, I thought there had been a fight.

"Everyone was like 'go, go, go' and 'Let's move, let's move'.

"Then they started getting everyone out. At the time I didn't realise I had been attacked, I thought someone had dropped a cigarette on my foot but it was getting more red and stinging.

"It's just like a red circle round my toes, around the size of a 50p piece, it is more sore than if you burnt yourself, it is really stinging.

"It is scary because you just go out to have a good night and you realise how close it could have been to being a lot worse."

The Only Way Is Essex stars Jamie Reed, Jade Lewis and Chloe Meadows were among those forced to leave the bank holiday LoveJuice event.

The substance is yet to be identified, but it is believed to have been acidic.

There has been no arrests at this stage and enquiries are continuing.

Detective Inspector Lee McCullough, from Hackney CID, who is leading the investigation, 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."

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