Victim of vicious Belfast gang attack loses part of an ear
Part of a man's ear has been bitten off in a gang attack in east Belfast that has been described as "barbaric" by an MLA.
Two men and a woman were set upon at Albertbridge Road at around 11.15pm on Saturday.
The trio - all in their 30s - were attacked by a gang of men at the junction of Lord Street.
Both males sustained substantial injuries, with a 31-year-old man suffering a rip to his ear lobe after being bitten.
The woman received minor injuries to her arm.
The PSNI has issued an appeal for witnesses to the attack to come forward.
East Belfast DUP MLA Robin Newton said the law-abiding people of the area totally condemned the attack.
"This assault, when one man lost his ear lobe and the PSNI described the injuries as being substantial, was vicious and barbaric," he said.
"The PSNI need support from the community and anyone with even a small piece of information should make use of the police 101 number."
Ulster Unionist councillor Jim Rodgers said local people were horrified and disgusted.
"As an east Belfast public representative, I would say we are hearing of incidents like this all too often," he told the Belfast Telegraph.
"This incident is absolutely horrendous.
"People who behave in this way are animals - in fact many would say that animals would not be as bad.
"I would hope the culprits will be apprehended soon and I would call on anyone who knows who was responsible for this attack to speak to police so they can be arrested and hopefully charged, brought before the courts and punished.
"This sort of incident is not good for an area and it will make people wary of going into the area."
He added: "I am really disgusted and shocked by this news."
The PSNI has urged anyone who may have witnessed the incident on Saturday night to get in touch.
Detective Sergeant Keith Wilson said: "I would appeal to anyone who witnessed the assault or has any information about it to contact detectives at Musgrave Street on the 101 number."