Man’s ear bitten off at party

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A MAN has been scarred for life after part of his ear was bitten off.

He was attacked at about 12.15am on Sunday at the Astley and Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club on Meanley Road. The 22-year-old, who was celebrating a 21st birthday with friends, accidentally spilled a man’s drink. Soon after one of the victim’s friends got into a row with a friend of the man whose drink was spilt. This led to the victim’s friend being put into a headlock and repeatedly punched in the head.

The victim intervened but was quickly dragged away by others into the foyer. He was then pinned to the floor, punched, kicked and had a part of his ear bitten off. The attackers then fled.

Det Chief Insp Howard Millington said: “This man has been left with life-changing injuries; he has been told that the part of his ear which was bitten off cannot be reattached. This was a savage attack which needn’t have escalated to the extent that it did and we have launched a thorough investigation to trace those responsible. I know that the club was still busy at the time of the incident so we are keen to hear from anyone who was there who can help our investigation in any way.”

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing GBH with intent and has been bailed pending further inquiries. Anyone with details is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.