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Paul Elliott (pictured above) squirted Sgt Andrew Gore with ammonia after he raided a property Elliot had been at in Lancashire

Paul Elliott (pictured above) squirted Sgt Andrew Gore with ammonia after he raided a property Elliot had been at in Lancashire

A police officer who was blinded in one eye after a thug squirted ammonia at him says he has 'no resentment' towards his attacker.

Sgt Andrew Gore suffered 'catastrophic injuries' when lifelong criminal Paul Elliott, 46, squirted ammonia into his eyes as he chased him up a flight of stairs.

Elliot was today jailed for 14 years and six months after he pleaded guilty to GBH with intent and two counts of applying a corrosive fluid with intent.

Sgt Gore, who has worked for Lancashire Police for 22 years said he was happy with the sentence and that Elliot had 'attacked the uniform' and not him.

The court heard how Sgt George, 44, had raided a property in Darwen on April 16 this year with two other colleagues, after responding to calls of concern for the safety of a woman.

Officers broke down the front door at around 1.45am and what followed was an 'indiscriminate' attack on the officers, according to prosecutor Tim Evans.

Sgt Gore (above) had been attending the property after officers in Darwen received a call of concern for a woman's safety

Sgt Gore (above) had been attending the property after officers in Darwen received a call of concern for a woman's safety 

Using an old bleach bottle, Elliott squirted ammonia down the stairs as Sgt Gore was climbing them, the liquid going all over his face and down his throat.

Two other officers behind him were also squirted.

Police body-cam footage played in court showed Sgt Gore falling backwards as the ammonia began to burn his face and throat.

Other officers can be heard shouting 'I can't breathe' and coughing as Elliott shouted 'get the f**k out of here' and tried to escape.

Sgt Gore in hospital

Sgt Gore and his fellow officers

During the attack the ammonia had also gone into Sgt Gore's mouth (left). He is pictured with is fellow officers (right) 

He jumped from a first floor window into the back garden where he was shot with a Taser stun gun.

The court heard Sgt Gore, a father-of-four, now faces a long battle to save the sight in his left eye.

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