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burgess hill policePolice seek witnesses after man has part of right ear bitten off in Burgess Hill assault

25th July 2016

Witnesses are being sought to an incident in West Street, Burgess Hill, in which an 18-year-old man had part of his right ear bitten off during an assault by another man.

The victim had got into his car prior to driving off when the attack took place at around 11pm on Monday 11 July.

During the incident his assailant also caused damage to the car before eventually walking off.

The victim returned home where relatives took him to the Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath, for treatment to his injury. He was transferred to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, and has since had a consultation at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead.

Anyone who saw what happened or who may have other information is asked to email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or phone 101, quoting serial 1771 of 11/07.

Alternatively they can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (www.crimestoppers-uk.org).

Detective Constable Gilly Sadler said: "We have already conducted house-to-house enquiries but would welcome any further information about this particularly nasty assault, as a result of which a young man now faces reconstructive surgery to his right ear."

A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and criminal damage. He has been bailed until 21 September pending further enquiries.

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