Police investigate 'acid attack' in East London club
Forensic investigators are seen outside the club on Sidworth Street in Hackney

Metropolitan Police confirmed on Monday (17 April) that an incident in an East London nightclub in the early hours of the morning was an acid attack. A total of 12 revellers sought medical attention after the incident, two of which remained in a serious condition on Monday afternoon.

Mangle E8, on Sidworth Street in London Fields, was evacuated early on Monday after police were called to the scene in relation to reports of a noxious substance at the venue, which was hosting a sold-out club night, Love Juice, at around 1.10am.

The London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service attended the incident. Ten people were taken to hospital by ambulance, and two later presented themselves at an East London hospital, police confirmed.

Police said two victims, who were not named, were in a "serious but stable" condition, on Monday afternoon.

Police said a noxious substance was sprayed at the two victims identified only as "Victim 1" and "Victim 2", and though police said it had not yet been identified, they believed it to have been acidic.

In a statement issued by the Met on Monday afternoon, it 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 venue told IBTimes UK it was helping the Metropolitan Police with its investigation and was unable to comment further.

Meanwhile, Phie McKenzie who had been over the road at the time of the incident tweeted in praise of the staff and emergency services who dealt with the event on Monday afternoon. She tweeted: "The staff there were brilliant from what I could see, so were emergency services.

However, one twitter User remarked on the incident: "Loool lovejuice acc brings such a f****d crowd."

Police said there was no suggestion of gang-related activity, but an investigation had been launched. They urged any witnesses to call detectives with Hackney CID via 101, or anonymously, by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.