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Hackney nightclub acid attack leaves at least 12 injured

Fire crews outside the Mangle E8 club Image copyright @PhieMcKenzie
Image caption Hundreds of people were forced to leave the club in the early hours

At least 12 people suffered burns after a man sprayed acid inside a club in east London.

Hundreds of revellers were evacuated from Mangle E8 in Sidworth Street, Hackney, after police were called at about 01:10 BST.

Officers believe a man threw acid at two men after a dispute between two groups inside the venue.

Two men in their 20s remain in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

Ten other people were were treated for minor injuries, the Metropolitan Police said.

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A London Fire Brigade spokesperson said: "The only information that we have is that it was an unknown corrosive substance thrown within the nightclub.

"It was identified by a pH paper test as a strong acidic substance."

It is understood about 600 people were at an event in the club.

London Ambulance Service said it sent a number of ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team to the venue.

Officers said 10 people were taken to hospital by ambulance, while a further two sought treatment at A&E.

They said no arrests had been made and officers were continuing to investigate.

The police added there was no evidence to suggest the attack was gang related.

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Image caption It is understood about 600 people were attending an event at Mangle nightclub in London Fields

Witness Phie McKenzie tweeted: "Scary scenes tonight, we have heard reports of chemical burns of people in the building here".

A woman who lives in a block of flats overlooking the nightclub described a scene of confusion as crowds were moved up the street away from the venue.

The tenant, who asked not to be named, said: "It happened so fast - they rushed people out. I thought it was a stabbing because all I heard was 'move, move, move - move out of the area'."

She added: "The security were telling the crowd to go down that way - people on this side were waiting to go home but they couldn't go home because the road was closed. People were confused."

A LoveJuice club night was being held at the venue and the company behind the event tweeted to say it was cooperating with the police investigation.

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