A Thornton Heath man who bit part of his victim’s ear off in an assault  in Dorset has been jailed for two years.

Richard Dale Crawshaw, 42, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Wednesday September 22 after admitting a charge of unlawful wounding.

The charge related to an incident that occurred at around 11am on Tuesday May 11  in Beverley Road in Weymouth.

The victim, a man aged in his 20s, was involved in an altercation with Crawshaw in the street during which a metal pole was placed across the victim’s neck.

Crawshaw then pulled his victim to the ground, where a struggle took place. During this the defendant bit his victim’s left ear, tearing a piece off.

The victim was able to get back to his feet and fled the scene. He was taken to hospital for treatment.

Police were alerted by a witness and Crawshaw was arrested in the area shortly after the incident. Officers found a black metal pole in bushes near to where he was detained.

Detective Constable David Barnes, of Weymouth CID, said: “This was a vicious attack that has left the victim with a permanent injury.

“Thanks to the swift response of officers on the day, we were able to quickly locate and apprehend Crawshaw and I would like to thank the victim for his support during the court process, which has helped to ensure the defendant faces the consequences of his violent offending.”