Update: man charged in connection with police officer assaults

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Detectives investigating an assault on police officers have charged a man.
A number of officers were sprayed with ammonia fluid while attending an emergency call in Darwen in the early hours of Tuesday morning (16 April).
A Sergeant suffered serious damage to his eyes, throat and respiratory system.
A total of seven officers affected by the substance were taken by colleagues to the Royal Blackburn Hospital. All have now been discharged.
The Sergeant is now at home being supported by his family, friends and colleagues and is due to have surgery to his left eye next week.
Tonight, Paul Elliot, 46, of no fixed address, has been charged with section 18 wounding, attempted section 18 wounding and six counts of ‘throwing corrosive fluid on a person’ with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable any person, or to do some grievous bodily harm to any person.  .
He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Preston Magistrates’ Court tomorrow morning (18 April).


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