Metropolitan - Acid attack

DC Matt Freeman, DS Quinn Cutler and DC Sam Freeman - Arthur Collins case

(L-R) DC Matt Freeman, DS Quinn Cutler and DC Sam Freeman, Metropolitan Police

Detective Investigation of the Year

Met Police – DS Quinn Cutler, DC Matt Freeman, DC Sam Freeman

Three detectives who nailed a vicious acid attacker after a nationwide manhunt have been nominated for a top award.

The trio’s dogged detective work resulted in a 20-year jail sentence with an extra five years on licence for Arthur Collins who injured 22 people by throwing the toxic substance in a packed nightclub.

The detectives, based at Hackney CID in East London, launched a five-day hunt for the offender involving specialist units including the Kidnap Squad after a critical incident was declared. Sixteen victims suffered serious chemical burn injuries across their bodies and faces including blindness.

Collins, who already had multiple previous convictions including for violence, was eventually found hiding in Northamptonshire after a comprehensive trawl of CCTV and national media appeals.

He was found guilty of five counts of grievous bodily harm with intent and nine counts of actual bodily harm in December 2017. Sentencing him the judge called Collins an ‘accomplished liar’ who had not ‘the slightest remorse for his actions’.

DS Quinn said: “I am very proud of the nomination my team has received following the successful prosecution of Arthur Collins.

“The Collins case was the UK’s largest single acid attack with 22 victims and for a small borough CID team it took real dedication, skill and teamwork to bring the case home.”

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