A PARTYGOER had part of his ear bitten loose during a brutal attack in Colchester.

Police are appealing for information following a vicious and unprovoked assault in High Street which left one with a serious ear injury and another with an injury to his eye.

The pair were standing near Sweatshop on the corner of High Street and St Nicholas Street in Colchester, at 2.30am on Sunday, April 30, when a man ran across the street.

He approached the first victim, a 24-year-old man, and they were involved in a struggle, during which the victim’s ear was bitten.

His 22-year-old friend attempted to intervene and the suspect punched him in the face, giving him a black eye.

Det Con Lucy Percival said: “This was a very nasty unprovoked incident and one of the victims will need reconstructive surgery for the injury to his ear.

“This happened at a time when there were still a number of people out in the town centre and I am appealing for witnesses who saw what happened.

“Following the assault, the suspect ran off down St Nicholas Street, into Long Wyre Street and then into Priory Street.”

He is white and believed to be aged in 20s, thin and about 5ft 10ins tall.

He had black hair that was short at the sides, was clean shaven and wore light denim jeans, a black top and trainers.

Anyone with information or mobile phone footage is asked to contact Det Con Percival at Colchester CID on 101.

Alternatively, contact independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.