AT LEAST 12 revellers suffered burns after a man hurled acid across a nightclub during a mass brawl at a sold-out Easter event in London.
The revellers were partying at Wringer & Mangle, Sidworth Street, when an “unknown corrosive substance” believed to be acid was thrown early this morning.
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Roads were closed as emergency services, including a hazardous area response team, rushed to the scene.
London Ambulance Service took 10 patients to hospital, while police said a further two people with similar injuries sought treatment.
Two male victims in their twenties remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
London Metropolitan Police said: “Officers believe a dispute between two groups of people developed inside the venue, resulting in a noxious substance being sprayed by a male suspect directly at Victims 1 and 2. Other people inside the venue suffered the effects of the substance.
“The substance is yet to be identified, but it is believed to have been acidic.”
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A manager of a nearby bar told staff a girl had suffered burns to her face and arm in an acid attack.
Another witness described seeing a group pouring bottles of water over what appeared to be an injured friend.
A London Fire Brigade spokesperson confirmed that the substance was identified by a PH paper test as a strong acidic substance.”
Nima Navazande, 30, works at the nearby Martello Hall bar, and took over from his manager for the morning shift.
He said: “My manager told me that around one o’clock they heard somebody saying that someone was attacked with liquid acid and there was a girl who had half her arm and her face burnt.
“My manager had to lock the doors and stay indoors to make sure nobody got in or out.”
The witness added: “It was like a war — the police were everywhere.”
Another witness tweeted: “Scary scenes in Hackney tonight, we have heard reports of chemical burns of people in the building here.”
Video footage seen by the Press Association showed the venue’s corridors filled with clubbers wrapped in medical blankets.
Many people were sat on blankets which had been laid on the concrete floor and outside, the road was packed with ambulances.
No arrests have been made and police are investigating the incident.
Stuart Crichton, London Ambulance Service assistant director of operations, said: “We were called at 1:09am today, Monday 17 April, to reports of an incident on Warburton Road, E8.
“We sent multiple resources to the scene including paramedics in cars, ambulance crews, a number of officers an advanced paramedic and our hazardous area response team.
“We have taken 10 patients to hospital.”
Around 200 people had left the premises before the arrival of emergency services, with a further 400 evacuated from the building.
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