Man’s ear is bitten off in late-night street attack

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PART of a man’s ear was bitten off in a fight.

The 22-year-old victim had been out in Portsmouth and was walking home with his girlfriend in Winston Churchill Avenue when the attack happened.

The couple stopped to ask two men, possibly students, if they could phone for a taxi for them when another two men appeared and assaulted one of the students. A fight then broke out and part of the 22-year-old’s left ear was bitten off at about 1.15am on Saturday.

A man, 27 and a 16-year-old youth, were later arrested and bailed until April 11 pending further enquiries.

Detective Constable Les Leithes from Portsmouth CID said: ‘The victim was treated at the Queen Alexandra Hospital and may require further surgery on his ear. He’s now recovering at home.

‘As part of my investigation, I’d like to hear from any witnesses, possibly taxi drivers heading past at the time, or anyone with information. I’d particularly like to hear from the two unknown men, possibly students, who stopped to help the victim and his girlfriend by calling a taxi. They left the scene before police arrived.’

Call Det Con Leithes at Fratton station on 101.