Victim’s ear bitten by seafront gang in daylight attack

VICTIM Steven Smith had his ear bitten during attack by gang.     Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111319-1)
VICTIM Steven Smith had his ear bitten during attack by gang. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (111319-1)
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A TEENAGE gang set upon a man ‘like a pack of dogs’ and bit his ear off when he asked them to stop throwing stones.

Steven Smith was left bleeding and in agonising pain after being attacked by the group.

Medics have said there is just a 10 per cent chance that his ear can be saved – despite it being sewn back together during two-and-a-half hours of surgery.

Already it has turned black and the 36-year-old says the part that was ripped off is completely numb.

He said: ‘I keep having nightmares that it’s happening again. I feel quite distressed. I don’t think this should be allowed to happen to anyone, anywhere.’

Steven, from Portsmouth, was sitting in a shelter between the lifeguard station and the Pyramids Centre in Clarence Parade, Southsea.

He was with his brother Robert and his brother’s girlfriend Zoe when one of the gang threw a stone at him.

When he challenged the seven-strong group of girls and boys, a fight broke out.

Mr Smith received a blow to the left side of his head from one teenager before another boy bit off part of his ear and spat it on to the ground.

His brother Robert was also hit as he tried to intervene.

The gang then fled the scene at 5pm on April 8.

A paramedic arrived at the scene a few minutes after the attack and the severed ear was found and put in ice.

Mr Smith was then taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham in agony where surgeons sewed his ear back together.

Mr Smith said: ‘It’s awful for them in broad daylight to attack you like a pack of dogs.

‘There must have been about 70 to 100 people in the area at the time. Nobody stopped to help.

‘The one that bit my ear off was gone as quick as lightning. The other one came up to me and said “don’t you press charges, don’t you call the police”.

‘After that it’s a little bit of a haze. I wouldn’t want to go down there on my own again.

‘I’m not going to let them get away with it.’

The two main attackers are described as 17-year-old boys, both 5ft 8in tall. One has blond hair and is skinny. The other has ginger hair and a chunky build.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Dave Anderson from Portsmouth CID on 101 or 0845 0454545 quoting crime reference number 44110146678.

Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.