Lubricant swapped with hydrochloric acid at gay club

NEWS of an acid attack at a Sydney gay club is travelling around the world with it being one of the most read stories on an UK website.

A 62-year-old man was charged after he allegedly put hydrochloric acid inside what is understood to be a lubricant dispenser at the Aarows club in Bridge Street in Rydalmere on Saturday.

The club describes itself as "Sydney's gay and bi social club" with "three levels of adult adventure".

Items in the room had been fitted with alarms after they had previously been tampered, the ABC reported.

Security stopped the man before he was arrested by police.

Hydrochloric acid can produce burns, ulcers and scars when put into contact with skin.

The man has been charged with a range of offences, including administering poison with the intent to cause injury, distress or pain, and malicious damage.

Outside the club, one person said it was a "sick" thing to do.

"Hydrochloric acid is not the best sort of thing to be playing with."

He was unsure what the motive could be: "It could be anything really. People are perverted".

The suspect was granted bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court next month.

A story on The Independent, published earlier today, was its most read on Tuesday morning.