Wigan party descends into chaos when man is pinned to ground and has EAR bitten off – all because of spilt drink

By David Keane

A Wigan party ended in mayhem when a man was pinned to the ground and had his EAR bitten off this weekend – all because he bumped into someone.

The 22-year-old had been drinking with friends at the Astley and Tyldesley Miners’ Welfare Club on Meanley Road on Sunday, when he accidentally bumped into a man, spilling his drink.

He was pinned to the ground and punched and kicked, before part of his ear was then bitten off.

Detective Chief Inspector 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.”

The victim has been celebrating a 21st birthday, when he had bumped into the attacker. A short time later, a friend of his became involved in an argument with the attacker’s friend – which resulted in a physical altercation. The victim’s friend was put in a headlock and punched repeatedly in the head.

When the victim tried to intervene he was dragged away into the foyer – where he himself was subjected to an even more horrific attack before the assailants fled the scene.

“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,” DCI Millington said.

A 19-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and has been bailed pending further enquiries, which are ongoing.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 7225 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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