POLICE have released an image of man they want to speak to in connection with an ear biting attack in a pub.

Shortly after midnight on Saturday, July 1, police were called to the Overdraught pub in Blackburn Street, Radcliffe, to reports of an unprovoked assault on a man.

The offender approached the victim whilst he was walking to the bar and punched him before biting his left ear and then leaving the pub.

The victim – who is in his 40s – needed hospital treatment and has since required plastic surgery.

An investigation was launched and police have now released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the attack.

Detective constable Lucy Bamber, of GMP’s Bury borough, said: “It is a month since this brutal attack which was completely unprovoked and left an innocent man needing surgery.

“We have carried out extensive enquiries but we need the public’s help in finding the man responsible for this.

“We have now released an image of a man we are particularly keen to speak to or anyone who recognises him.

“I would also urge anyone who was in or around the pub at the time of the attack to come forward. Any information could be vital in solving this investigation.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 493 of July 1, 2017, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.