Ferne McCann’s ex scarred me for life – this is why acid attacks are no joke Jo

One of Arthur Collins' acid attack victims has called on police to arrest Jo Brand for her "outrageous" joke about hurling acid instead of milkshakes over politicians.

Sophie Hall, 23, was left scarred for life after thug Collins chucked the corrosive liquid over revellers enjoying a night out at Hackney nightclub Mangle during the Easter weekend while celebrating news TOWIE star Ferne McCann was pregnant with his child. 22 people were injured.

Brand, 61, sparked anger after her 'joke' on BBC Radio 4's Heresy and Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage called for to be prosecuted and accused her of an 'incitement of violence'.

Now Miss Hall has called on cops to speak to the TV star.

"The police need to arrest her so others will think twice and realise it isn't a joking matter, far from it," Miss Hall said.

"Something so serious needs to be treated seriously.

"A lot of people watch her and she is obviously a big influence and for her to joke about something like that takes away the seriousness of the act.

"We live in such a society today, that it's sad to say there are some very psychotic people out there that she might influence to actually do something like that."

This morning Brand refused to apologise in the wake of a growing backlash and told The Sun she had nothing to say to people outraged by her comments.

When asked if she would continue working with the BBC, she said: "I'm not employed by the BBC, so how can they sack me?"

Her comments came as the Prime Minister Theresa May said the BBC should explain why it broadcast Brand's comments.

The Prime Minister's official spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has been repeatedly clear that politicians should be able to go about their work and campaign without harassment, intimidation or abuse.

"I note that Brendan Cox has said that violence and intimidation should not be normalised and we should consistently stand against it. The Prime Minister shares this view. It is for the BBC to explain why it considers this to have been appropriate content for broadcast."

Brand was asked about divisions stoked by Brexit in a discussion with host Victoria Coren Mitchell on Tuesday.

Brand said: "Why bother with milkshake, when you could get battery acid?"

She added: "I'm not gonna do it, it's a fantasy."

At the end of show, Coren Mitchell said she hoped Brand's remarks had not caused offence but added that the radio series had been set up to "test the boundaries of what it's OK to say and not say".

But Sophie, from Poole,Dorset, says her comments are far from a joke.

She said: "It's upsetting that someone like that in the public eye could even make a joke about it. I think it's absolutely outrageous.

"She should never have joked about it in the first place because it's not a joking matter.

"There are people out there who have suffered before and for her to make a remark like that is just so upsetting.

"The word 'acid' is a scary enough word as it is but for someone to say 'battery acid' is…I just think it's shocking for that to even go through her mind, to joke about it.

"Jo should go and to a burns unit and see what it does and see if she can make a joke about it afterwards after seeing the trauma people have gone through."

There have been calls for the BBC to dump Brand and Sophie said: "I don't think it's my place to say whether she should be sacked or not but I do think she should be banned for a while so she can think about what she has said.

"It's a serious matter and it's really concerning that she felt it was a normal joke. It's not normal and she should be spoken to by the police.

"It's quite scary to think, that in her mind, she thought that was an acceptable thing…to joke about and that's very worrying."

Collins was found guilty of five counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and nine counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm at a trial in November 2017. He was jailed for 20 years.

Miss Hall, who had been celebrating pal Lauren Trent's 22nd birthday, said at the time: "I knew my face was a mess. I could feel it in my hands.

"It was all blistered… I knew I would be scarred for life."

She added: "It's not something I'll be ever able to forget about and it obviously still haunts me but it's something that I've had to adapt to. I should never have had to get used to but it's something now that will be with me forever."

A BBC spokeswoman said: "Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative and go against societal norms but are not intended to be taken seriously."

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