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Appeal after Metro assault

Dated: 10 Feb 2012

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a man had his ear bitten in an assault in Newcastle.

At 4.07pm today, Friday, February 10, police received a report that a man had been assaulted on a Metro train between Jesmond and Haymarket stations.

He had intervened after a man and two women on the train were abusive to another passenger. The man assaulted the 20-year-old victim by biting part of his ear off.

The offender got off the Metro at Haymarket station.

He is described as white, aged in his 20s, about 5ft 9ins tall of medium build, and wearing a black Berghaus style jacket, black hat, black scarf and black bottoms.

One of the women he was with is said to be white, about 5ft 7ins tall of medium build, brown hair in a bun and wearing a pink checked jacket and black bottoms.

The other is white, aged in her 20s, with black and blonde hair extensions, of slim build and wearing a jacket and grey bottoms.

DC Dave Croskery said: "The Metro train will have been very busy at the time and we'd appeal for any witnesses to get in touch with us as soon as possible.

"This was a vicious assault on a man who was trying to help another passenger and we're doing all we can to trace the person responsible to ensure he is dealt with appropriately."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 ext 69191, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.