Pub attack thug jailed

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A THUG has been jailed for seven years for biting off part of a man’s ear in one attack and viciously assaulting his partner in another.

Lee Clarke, 23, bit a section of victim Neil Lord’s ear off during a melee in the Rossmere Pub, in Hartlepool, and tried to hide it in a police van when he was arrested.

He was on bail at the time for a shocking assault on his then-girlfriend Toni Harrison who he kicked unconscious in the town’s Church Street, last November.

Judge Howard Crowson said of the ear biting: “It left a gruesome injury.”
Clarke, of Church Street, Hartlepool, admitted grievous bodily harm with intent against Mr Lord and actual bodily harm to Ms Harrison.