Seven police officers hospitalised in chemical spray attack – National

SEVEN police officers were rushed to hospital after being sprayed with ammonia while responding to reports of a domestic incident.

Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 5:40 pm
Updated Tuesday, 16th April 2019, 5:47 pm
One man is seriously ill in hospital. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The incident happened in Ash Grove, Darwen, Lancashire, in the early hours of this morning and one officer is seriously ill. 

The sergeant suffered serious injuries to his eyes, throat and respiratory system after being doused with the cleaning liquid. 

He is being treated in Royal Blackburn Hospital, where the six other officers were also taken. They have since been discharged. 

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One man is seriously ill in hospital. Picture: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

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The alleged attacker, a man aged 46, escaped through a first-floor window but has since been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.

Superintendent Andrea Barrow said: ‘This shocking incident from the early hours of the morning has left an officer with some significant and serious injuries.

‘My thoughts are with him and his family and I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to work.’

Lancashire Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: ‘My thoughts are with this officer and all of those affected by this incident, which shows once again the dangers that officers face and how they put their lives on the line each and every day to protect people.’

The officers forced entry to the house after they were called to a domestic dispute.

Chairwoman of Lancashire Police Federation Rachel Hanley said: ‘This was a sickening attack on a fellow colleague who was simply doing his job. Sadly this incident highlights the dangers our officers face every day when protecting our communities.’

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