A POLICE officer was rushed to hospital in a serious condition after a liquid, thought to be ammonia, was thrown in his face as he attended a domestic violence job.

The male officer with Lancashire Police, who is a sergeant, is receiving treatment after suffering damage to his eyes, throat and respiratory system in the attack, which took place at around 2am this morning (Tuesday).

Six other officers were also taken to the Royal Blackburn Hospital after they were hit with the liquid.

The police were called to a home on Ash Grove in Darwen following reports of a woman being threatened with a knife.

After forcing their way into the home, they were sprayed with what is believed to have been an ammonia cleaning liquid.

A man then escaped through the first floor window but was quickly apprehended.

All of the other officer involved suffered less serious injuries and have been discharged from the hospital.

Supt Andrea Barrow, said: “This shocking incident from the early hours of the morning has left an officer with some significant and serious injuries. My thoughts are with him and his family and I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to his return to work.”

Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said: “My thoughts are with this officer and all of those affected by this incident, which shows once again the dangers that officers face and how they put their lives on the line each and every day to protect people.”

A 46-year old man from Darwen is currently being held in custody on suspicion of wounding with intent.

Enquiries are on-going.