'Offensive' London Fields graffiti advertises 'No Eye' event at club where acid attack left two partially blind
PUBLISHED: 12:06 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:20 26 April 2017
Graffiti advertising an event called "No Eye Dear" at the nightclub where two people were left partially blind in an acid attack has caused outrage.
The private event at Mangle E8 was scheduled weeks before the horrific incident in the early hours of Bank Holiday Monday – but people are not happy about the name of the night in the wake of what happened.
Nicholas Kertesz was walking through London Fields yesterday when he spotted the advert on the ground. He told the Gazette: “Considering that two patrons of the nightclub have been blinded in one eye following recent high profile attacks, the advertising seems woefully ignorant and deeply offensive.”
Twenty people were injured in the acid attack last week, with 12 needing hospital treatment. A 22-year-old girl and a man, 24, have been left blind in one eye as a result.
Two men have been charged with a string of offences over the attack. Towie celeb Arthur Collins, 24, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, is charged with 14 counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and one count of throwing corrosive fluid on a person with intent to do grievous bodily harm. Andre Phoenix, 21, is charged with seven counts of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm.
A spokesman for Mangle E8 said: “We are an events space and we have absolutely no influence on event names chosen by promoters.
“The event in question was announced nearly a month prior to the recent incident and was heavily promoted by organisers at the time.
“Any use of graffiti or fly posting is in breach of the promoter’s contract and we are in contact with them to ensure it is removed as soon as possible.”
And a spokesman for the event organiser JO:NI, added: “The event is an immersive experience with no stage and people will have no idea where the music is coming from.
“We hired a guerrilla marketing company to assist with promotion and they used a number of non-permanent pavement stencils which will wash off in the rain.”
A Hackney Council spokesman said illegal advertising would not be tolerated.
He said: “We won’t tolerate our streets being defaced by illegal advertising, and will take action against anyone responsible.
“Cleaning graffiti does not come cheap – it costs taxpayers £80 to £100 to clean a single advert off a pavement.”