Surgeons battle to save ear in Brighton machete attack
A man is in hospital after having his ear badly cut by a teenager with a machete at around 04:30 am on Saturday morning in Madeira Drive, Brighton.
Surgeons have managed to save the man's ear despite it having deep lacerations. He also suffered minor cuts to his neck.
The victim was walking with a group of friends when he was attacked by a man who was swinging a two foot long weapon.
The attacker landed several blows with the machete before leaving the area. A passer-by contacted emergency services and the victim was taken to hospital.
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Police found a 19-year-old man close to Madeira Drive and arrested him and charged with causing grievous bodily harm. No weapon was found near the scene. The man has now been bailed.
The police are still trying to find the weapon used in the incident and are checking for CCTV footage of the incident from cameras in the area.
Detective Sergeant Leon Ryan, of Brighton CID, said: "The victim and his friends were not very cooperative to our enquiries.
"The victim said somebody came at him with a long knife.
"They haven't told us what it was about.
"The victim was at hospital waiting for an operation on his ear.
"It was still attached but he had suffered a deep laceration as well as minor cuts to his neck."
Anybody with information regarding the incident should contact Sussex Police on 101, quoting reference 0350 of 16/6, or call Crime stoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.