Pregnant Ferne McCann's ex-boyfriend in court over acid attack

The father of reality TV star Ferne McCann's unborn child has appeared in court charged over an acid attack in an east London nightclub.

Arthur Collins is charged with 14 counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent against four men and 10 women, and one count of throwing an acidic liquid with intent to do GBH to multiple people.

Two people were partially blinded by the attack at the Mangle nightclub in Hackney on 17 April, while other victims were left disfigured.

Collins, 24, wearing a green jacket over a grey hooded top and walking with crutches, spoke only to confirm his name and address when he appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Monday.

In a statement released earlier McCann, best known for her appearances on The Only Way Is Essex and I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! said her thoughts are with the victims of what she described as an "horrific" attack.

McCann's agent said: "Ferne is grateful for the sympathetic way news of her pregnancy has been covered and people's support and obviously her first concern is for her child's health."

She added that McCann, who has a presenting role on daytime television show This Morning, is under "immense strain".

The agent said: "Ferne is in no way seeking sympathy for her situation and is determined to do all she can to have a happy and healthy child and face the challenges of being a single parent with all her energy."

Andre Phoenix, of Clyde Road, Tottenham, appeared alongside Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire.

Phoenix, 21, is charged with seven counts of throwing a corrosive fluid with intent to do GBH to three men and four women.

Prosecutor Ciro D'Alessio told the court there was a third unidentified suspect at large.

Both defendants, who had family members looking on from the public gallery, were remanded in custody to appear at Wood Green Crown Court on 22 May.

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