Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Tip of My Nose Was in My Hand, Covered in Mud

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Tip of My Nose Was in My Hand, Covered in Mud

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Crime Reporter

BATTERED Brian Broughton today relived the moment the tip of his nose was savagely bitten off in a street brawl.

As his attacker sank his teeth into his nose, Brian could not believe what was happening. And moments after the daylight bite attack, the dazed dad was scrabbling in a patch of muddy grass looking for the tip of his nose.

Brian is now waiting to discover whether plastic surgeons will be able to rebuild his face.

But the doctors who re-attached his nose end, with more than 70 stitches, have already warned he will be disfigured for life, and it could fall off at any time.

As Brian recovers at his home in Forest Hall, North Tyneside, he has told of the moment he realised the end of his nose had been bitten clean off.

The 23-year-old said: "It's just sick. I can't believe anyone would do that. My nose was just on the pavement covered in mud. It was just horrible. It just looked like a bit of meat."

Factory worker Brian had been to the Xercise4Less gym in Benton on Friday, March 28, when he was allegedly confronted by a group as he walked along Whitley Road on his way to work.

One of the men allegedly began to fight with Brian and after he was knocked to the ground he felt others start to kick him.

"I ended up having a fight with him," Brian said. "But then I realised it wasn't going to be a fist fight. I was getting booted in the face. One of them was kicking me in the face like he was taking penalties. I was on the floor and I could hear someone say, 'Bite him.' .' He didn't want to fight with me, he wanted to bite me. I was half knocked out and stunned. Then I realised he was biting my nose."

When Brian felt his attacker's teeth clamp around his nose he pulled away in shock.

But the man did not release his grip and bit off the end of his nose, then spat it out on the ground.

"I was shouting and screaming," he continued. "It was some pain. I was just in shock.

"You just don't expect someone to do that. Real men don't bite people."

Brian scrambled on the grass looking for the end of his nose as passers-by dialled 999. …

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