A JUST GIVING page has been set up by the family of the police officer who suffered serious injuries after he was attacked with ammonia.

Sergeant Andrew Gore was taken to hospital following an incident in Ash Grove, Darwen, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, suffering from damage to his eyes, throat and lungs.

Six other officers were also taken to hospital after being attacked with the corrosive substance, but were later discharged.

Close relatives of Sgt Gore have now set up a fundraising page to help pay for treatment so he can begin to make a full recovery.

Writing on the Just Giving page, Sgt Gore's brother said: "My brother, and my hero, was attacked with ammonia when responding to a 999 call to help a woman being threatened by a man with a knife. He now needs surgery to try and save his sight and he is unlikely to be able to return to work any time soon.

"The NHS are being fantastic in trying to help ensure he makes a full recovery but we don't yet know the extent of the damage or what the future holds.

"The police federation will no doubt do all within their power to support him through this period too. I just want to do all I can to ensure the best possible treatment is always available to him and that money is not a concern, irrelevant of what happens.

"Please help in any way you can, whether it is through donating or sharing this page. Even your time reading this page is greatly appreciated."

Sgt Gore's relatives are aiming to raise £3000 but have said the target is not representative of any surgery costs, and any funds that are not required will be donated to a police charity of Sgt Gore's choosing.

His brother added: "No matter what happens, we will be helping to help those who put their life on the line every day to protect us."

On Thursday, 46-year-old Paul Elliot, of Oak Grove, Darwen, appeared in court charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to Sgt Gore.

He was also charged with six further offences of throwing a corrosive fluid on a person with intent to burn, maim, disfigure or disable, in relation to six other officers involved in the incident. He will appear before the Crown Court on May 21.

Sgt Gore is now at home being supported by his family, friends and colleagues. He is due to have surgery to his left eye next week.

Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, his son said: "It's hard for us as his family and it came as a huge shock, any help would be greatly appreciated."

To help support Sgt Gore and his family, visit justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lancs-police-sargeant