Lancashire Police Officer Will Have Eye Surgery After Chemical Attack

A Lancashire Police officer that was rushed to hospital after being sprayed in the face with ammonia fluid has now been discharged.

The unnamed sergeant was attacked with the chemical spray after entering an address in Darwen while responding to a domestic incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Police have confirmed that the officer is now at home with his family and friends and is expected to have surgery on his left eye next week.

A police spokesman also said, ‘A number of officers had forced entry to an address on Ash Grove in Darwen following a call reporting a domestic incident in the early hours of Wednesday morning when they were sprayed with what is believed to be an ammonia cleaning liquid.

‘A total of seven officers were taken by colleagues to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. All have now been discharged.

‘The offender escaped through a first-floor window but was arrested a short time later. A 46-year old man from Darwen is currently being held on suspicion of Section 18 wounding and enquiries are on-going.

‘We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming messages of goodwill and support.’

Anthony Gilmour

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