Man's ear bitten off at Splendour festival
A grandad had the top half of his ear bitten off while watching one of his favourite bands at a city festival.
John Bidder was near the front of the main stage at this weekend’s Splendour Festival, to see the Specials, when he felt a sudden pain.
The 46-year-old, of Chilwell, went to Wollaton Park with his wife Sarah on Saturday, but ended up being rushed to the medical tent with a chunk of his left ear missing.
He did not even see his attacker and is now appealing for witnesses to come forward to help police catch the assailant.
Mr Bidder, a driver for TNT Express, was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre and needed 15 stitches. He now hopes medics may be able to reconstruct his ear.
He said: “When the band came on there was a surge from behind us. There was a bit of jostling and a lot of dancing – but it was good-natured.
“I felt a thump on the side of my head so I put my hand up to my ear as it was throbbing. When I took my hand away, someone said I needed to get to the medical tent because half of my ear was missing.
“I didn’t see it coming – no one had hit me or thrown a punch, they just went straight for my ear.”
Mr Bidder, who is about 5ft 6ins tall, had found a spot near the front – while his wife watched from further back, sitting on a hill with a friend.
After the attack, the stepdad-of-three and grandfather-of-five was taken to the medical tent before an ambulance took him to hospital.
He will go back tomorrow to talk about a possible reconstruction.
Mr Bidder’s wife Sarah, 46, said: “John’s friend Rod came rushing up the hill and told me I had to get to the medical tent. Luckily I got there before they put him in the ambulance. It’s horrific to see your other half looking like that.”
The pair are avid concert-goers and say they have never seen violence at a festival before.
A statement from DHP, which organised the event, said the incident was “isolated”.
It said: “We are very sorry to hear of this assault which is now in the hands of the police. We would like to pass on our wishes for a speedy recovery to the victim. We take matters of this nature very seriously and do our utmost to create a safe and friendly environment at this family-focused festival.”
The event also came under fire for running out of ale half way through the day. Breweries Castle Rock and Shipstone’s, who supplied the event, ran out of cask ale at about 5.30pm on Saturday.
Shipstone’s owner Richard Neale said: “The need for cask ale has gone through the roof and the beer selling out was down to unforeseen circumstances.”
Police said officers are still looking for witnesses to the attack, which happened at about 9.20pm on Saturday. No arrests have been made.
If you have any information about the assault, call 101, ext 8024677 or 07894618689.