A TAXI driver had part of his ear bitten off during a vicious attack outside a Grimsby supermarket.
Trevor Blyth was picking up a customer at the rear of Somerfield, in Osbourne Street, at about 11.15am yesterday, when the incident occurred.
His boss, Per Svendsen, of Revel Cars, in the town’s Church Street, said: “We heard Trevor was reversing to turn around and there was a woman behind his car with a pram or a pushchair.
“He stopped the car and didn’t hit her, but a man who was nearby saw what happened and went crazy.
“He smashed the front window of the car.
“When Trevor got out to try to stop him, there was a scuffle and the man pushed him and then bit his ear off.
“I just can’t believe it has happened.”
Mr Blyth, who only started working for Revel last Wednesday, has been a taxi driver for a number of years.
He previously worked for Country Cabs in New Waltham.
He was taken to Grimsby’s Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital before being transferred to Hull Royal Infirmary to undergo an emergency operation to try to save his ear.
Speaking to the Grimsby Telegraph before an ambulance came to transport him from Grimsby to Hull, Mr Blyth said: “They’re taking me to Hull so they can carry out an operation to try to re-attach my ear.
“They can’t do it in Grimsby.
“He bit a large part of my ear off.”
Humberside Police were today appealing for anybody who witnessed the attack to come forward.
Spokesman James Cartwright said: “Police are investigating an incident which happened shortly before 11.18am yesterday in the car park outside the Somerfield supermarket in Osborne Street, Grimsby.
“An altercation took place at the rear of the supermarket, between three men, and possibly a woman.
“It resulted in one of the men, thought to be a taxi driver, suffering serious injuries to his ear.
“The man required treatment at the scene before he was taken to the Diana, Princess Of Wales Hospital.
“Police attended the area and conducted a search for the two men and the woman thought to have been involved.
“An investigation is under way and any witnesses are asked to contact Humberside Police.”
Mr Blyth was driving a black Fiat Doblo EuroCab.