Arthur Collins had been asked to turn himself in for questioning
After something of a rollercoaster week for Ferne McCann, it has now been revealed that the TOWIE star is pregnant – just hours before boyfriend Arthur Collins was finally arrested over an acid attack in London.
On Wednesday (19th April), it emerged that Arthur was wanted by police for questioning related to the attack that took place at Hackney venue Mangle E8 in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday which injured 12 people and left two people blind in one eye.
Early on Sunday (23rd April), it was confirmed that Arthur had been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder early on Sunday morning – just as the news that Ferne is expecting his child broke.
Arthur was arrested in dramatic scenes that saw him jumping from an upstairs window from a house in Highham Ferrers, Northants, before 30 armed police TASERED and then arrested him.
Video footage obtained by The Sun shows the 24 year old cowering in a corner wearing only his boxers and a t-shirt, covered in blood after his desperate bid for freedom.
In the video, one officer is heard shouting: ‘Get your hands up! Put your f****** hands in the clear, put them on the small of your back — now.’
Shortly afterwards Arthur – who cops hunted for a week following the Easter weekend attack – is hit with 50,000 volts from a taser gun, after which he is heard shrieking: ‘I’m here, I’m here, I’m here.’
Ferne, 26, recently reconnected with Arthur after they ended their relationship in summer 2016. However, The Sun reports that the former TOWIE star is now having his baby, and that she apparently broke the news to him just before the attack.
Friends of Ferne claim that she is doing the best she can under the surprising circumstances, with a pal telling the paper: ‘We are all so worried about her.
‘Ferne is absolutely devastated by what has happened. She cannot believe someone she loved is capable of doing what Arthur is accused of.
‘She is under an incredible amount of stress.
‘But Ferne will roll her sleeves up and make the best possible life for her and the child.’
Prior to the events, it was clear that Ferne was excited about her future with Arthur, revealing their plans for a beach wedding and her belief that he was ‘the one’ in an interview with OK! magazine. Yet it seems like their future is in jeopardy in light of the shocking events of the past week.
Following his arrest, Arthur was charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent and one of throwing corrosive fluid on a person. In addition, 21-year-old Andre Phoenix has been charged on seven counts of grievous bodily harm.