Ferne McCann looks sombre on outing with daughter Sunday

Ferne McCann looked sombre as she was seen amid claims her ex was planning to ‘bombard’ her with calls from within prison. 

The reality star, 27, shares daughter Sunday with convict Arthur Collins, and was spending some quality time with her newborn on Tuesday ahead of her ex’s court appearance. 

Ferne kept a low-profile on the outing, and seemed pensive as she took her daughter for a stroll around her hometown of Essex. 


Dressed down for the outing, Ferne teamed a black and white striped jumper with a padded coat featuring a fur lined hood. 

 The former TOWIE star also donned black leggings, whilst she slipped her feet into chunky biker boots for the walk. 

Layering up, the pretty brunette accessorised with a black beanie hat, whilst she slung a small cross body bag around herself.  

Ferne’s appearance comes as it was revealed acid attacker Arthur Collins could face another two years in jail for smuggling a tiny phone into prison so he could call Ferne while she was pregnant with his child.

Collins was on remand facing trial for an acid attack on a packed nightclub dancefloor when he stashed the miniature mobile inside a hollow shaft of his crutches.

The 25-year-old also had a charger, two sim cards and two USB sticks hidden in the crutch he had with him in prison.

He needed them to walk after fracturing both his heels trying to escape police while on the run for squirting acid over 22 revellers at Wringer and Mangle E8 nightclub in Hackney, east London, in April.

He is said to have called his ex Ferne while in jail on remand when she was pregnant. The reality star has vowed that neither she nor her baby will visit him in prison. 

Charged: Ferne's ex Arthur Collins who is in jail for injuring 22 in an acid attack, has been charged with having a banned item in prison

Charged: Ferne’s ex Arthur Collins who is in jail for injuring 22 in an acid attack, has been charged with having a banned item in prison

Collins was jailed for 20 years for the attack which left 22 people injured, including 16 with chemical burns and three who were temporarily blinded – one of whom still suffers from blurred vision in one eye. 

The ‘prohibited items’ were found by a prison officer in his private shower at HMP Thameside on September 10 when the rubber bottoms of the walking aides were removed.

Collins was charged with one count of possession of prohibited items.

At Bromley Magistrates Court today he appeared via video link from Belmarsh Prison wearing a yellow, blue and white jumper and pleaded guilty.

The court heard Collins had been caught with a phone in jail before, but it was dealt with by the prison staff.

His father and another family member were present in court for the short hearing.

Samantha Mitchell prosecuting said: ‘The items were found inside a crutch being used by Mr Collins at the time in question.

‘A custody officer searching the cell being used solely by Mr Collins located a crutch in the shower area. He had been using it due to an ankle injury.’

Prosecutor Ms Mitchell added: ‘The custody officer removed the bottom of the rubber stopper and located the items.

‘The SIM cards were download and contained evidence of calls and messages between Mr Collins and his family.

‘This is not the first time he has been caught with prohibited items. He has been found with a phone before but it was dealt with inside the prison itself.’

Audrey Morgan defending Collins claimed he only used the phone to avoid his calls being hacked by journalists trying to intercept details of his relationship with the Towie star.

She said: ‘He has pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and admitted the offence to the prison guard in question.

‘He didn’t have a phone for any sinister purposes, he had it to contact his family and friends. It’s not a smart phone, it’s just one that makes calls.’ 

District Judge Robert Hunter declined jurisdiction for sentencing and sent the case to crown court.

He said: ‘Mr Collins at this stage I give you credit for you guilty pleas, however without prejudice I consider my powers insufficient therefore I commit it to the crown court at a further date you will be notified.’

Collins could be jailed for an additional two years for the offence.

Collins, of Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, now in Belmarsh Prison, was convicted of five counts of causing GBH with intent and nine counts of assault occasioning ABH, against 14 clubbers.

The attack took place while they were out celebrating the news of her pregnancy.

Collins will next appear at Woolwich Crown Court at a date to be set.

Meanwhile, Ferne recently admitted the situation surrounding her pregnancy had been ‘completely out of her control’ – and that she is already concerned about how she will tell her little girl of the attack in the future.

The former I’m A Celebrity star admitted 2017 had been one of the worst years of her life due to her ex-boyfriend’s shocking crime in April – but that the arrival of her daughter had kept her strong.

Looking back at the attack, she told Fabulous magazine: ‘It’s been the most difficult chapter of my life to date and the hardest thing I hope I’ll ever have to face.

‘It was all completely out of my control. The only thing I can control now is how I raise my daughter.’ 

She has reportedly lost weight as she struggles to cope with the abuse from online trolls after her ex-boyfriend’s sentencing,The Mirror reports. 

Ferne is said to have been left ‘distraught’ and isn’t sleeping after her seven-week-old daughter Sunday, whom she shares with Arthur, was targeted by ‘vicious’ trolls.

The source told the publication: ‘Ferne isn’t bearing up well at all. We’re all really worried. She isn’t sleeping well and is finding all the unwanted attention hard to deal with.

‘People are being really vicious and are even being mean about Sunday. She is distraught.

‘Before Arthur was sentenced Ferne was getting a lot of positive support but now the tide seems to be changing – it’s not nice at all.’  

Collins, the father of McCann's baby, had been partying with Ferne and celebrating her pregnancy shortly before the attack

Collins, the father of McCann’s baby, had been partying with Ferne and celebrating her pregnancy shortly before the attack. He was caught on CCTV (right) after the incident

Collins had the mobile phone and sim cards while at HMP Thameside in south-east London

Collins had the mobile phone and sim cards while at HMP Thameside in south-east London

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