Two arrested after part of man’s ear is bitten off

ATTACKED ''Steven Smith
ATTACKED ''Steven Smith
An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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TWO men have been arrested in connection with a vicious assault in which part of a man’s ear was bitten off.

Police quizzed a 20-year-old man on suspicion of attempted wounding with intent and an 18-year-old man was questioned on suspicion of wounding with intent following the attack on Steven Smith.

Mr Smith, 36, from Portsmouth, needed surgery to sew his ear back together after being set upon between the lifeguard station and the Pyramids Centre in Clarence Parade, Southsea.

As reported in The News yesterday he challenged a group of teenagers after one of them threw a stone at him.

One of them punched him in the side of the face and part of his left ear was bitten off before they fled the scene at about 5pm on April 8.

Detective Constable Dave Anderson, from Portsmouth CID, said: ‘Both suspects have been bailed until July 5 pending further enquiries.

‘I’m continuing my appeal for witnesses and would like to hear from anyone who was on Portsmouth seafront near the Pyramids around 5pm on Friday April 8.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Det Con Anderson at Fratton police station on 101 or 0845 0454545, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.