TWO victims suffered serious injuries in separate biting assaults in St Helens - just five days apart.
Last Wednesday (March 7) a teenage student had a large chunk of his ear bitten off in a fight outside a St Helens College campus.
The victim, a 17-year-old St Helens boy, suffered the horror injury in an ugly flashpoint outside St Helens College’s Waterside technology campus, Pocket Nook Street, at about 9am.
The youngster was rushed to hospital for emergency treatment and a 16-year-old boy from Rainhill has since been arrested and bailed on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
A Merseyside Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to St Helens College at about 9am on Wednesday, March 7 to a report of an altercation.
“On arrival officers found a 17-year-old youth with an injury to his ear. He was taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.
“A 16-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and has since been bailed pending further inquiries. An investigation into the full circumstances of the incident is under way.”
Just five days earlier a man was bitten in the face during a savage assault in a St Helens park.
The victim, a 32-year-old man, was left needing stitches after he was attacked by two men while walking home through Victoria Park.
At about 5pm on Friday, March 2, the victim was approached by two men while walking home through the park.
The offenders both grabbed him and, in a struggle, the victim and one of the offenders both fell to the ground.
During the subsequent assault, one of the offenders bit the victim’s cheek, causing an injury which required stitches.
Both the offenders are described as white, aged in their early 20s, about 5ft 6ins tall and of medium build.
One of the men had short brown hair and had a narrow face. Both were wearing dark coloured clothing.
The victim received hospital treatment for his injuries and is now recovering at home, but has been left “very shaken” by the incident. DC Tracey Awbery described it as a “despicable assault”.
Anyone with information about either incident can contact police on 0151 777 6807 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.