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A man had part of his ear bitten off during an assault at Colchester.
It happened near a taxi rank on the High Street at 2.50am yesterday (Sunday March 3rd).
The victim, a 20-year-old man from Suffolk, was taken to Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford where his severed ear lobe was sewn back on during an emergency operation.
An 18-year-old man from Kelvedon has been arrested on suspicion of GBH.
Investigating officer DC Peter Gartland said: "Local security and taxi staff assisted the victim and one of them found the severed section of ear nearby. Their prompt assistance meant that the victim could have immediate surgery. The victim is still in hospital and is likely to require further cosmetic surgery on the ear.
"There were many people in the area at the time and we want to hear from any witnesses or anyone with information about events leading to the assault."
Anyone who can help should contact DC Gartland at Colchester CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.