A FORTY-six year-old man has appeared in court accused of throwing a corrosive substance into the face of a police officer.

Paul Elliot is accused of launching the ammonia attack on Sgt Andrew Gore as he responded to a domestic disturbance at a house in Ash Grove, Darwen, in the early hours of Tuesday.

Elliot, of Oak Grove, Darwen, has been formally charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Sgt Gore.

Prosecutor Beth Pilling told Preston magistrates the offence was so serious that it could only be dealt with at a crown court.

Elliot is further charged with attempting to cause grievous bodily harm to Sgt Gore.

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He is also charged with six offences of throwing a corrosive fluid on a person with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable, in relation to six other officers, also said to have been responding to the call.

These include PCs Lee Richards, Dan Shockley, Stuart Garnett, Daniel Burton, Joshua Hegarty and David Harkins.

The court heard Sgt Gore was injured as he was first through the door at the property.

Other officers were injured by either coming into contact with the ammonia or breathing in the substance.

Elliot was said to have been arrested after further officers arrived at the scene and a Taser was discharged, said Miss Pilling.

Before the Taser was discharged Elliot is said to have jumped out of the first floor window of the property, suffering an injury to his ankle.

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Elliot, wearing a grey sweatshirt and dark trousers, spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth and nationality, during the 10 minute hearing.

Peter King, defending, made no application for bail.

The sergeant suffered serious injuries to his eyes, throat and respiratory system.

He is said to be awaiting surgery on his left eye next week.

Magistrates chairman Carol Gaynor remanded Elliot in custody and sent the case to Preston Crown Court, to be heard on May 21.