A MAN suffered a serious injury to his ear after trying to stop a group of youths from throwing snowballs in Bromsgrove.

The victim, a man in his 20s, challenged the group after he saw them having a snowball fight at around 3.25pm on Monday, January 21. Some of the snowballs were going astray and were close to hitting elderly pedestrians and toddlers near the town’s Iceland store in Mill Lane.

When the man challenged the youths, one of them punched him multiple times to the right side of the head, causing a cut through the cartilage of his ear. He had to have emergency medical treatment at the specialist facial clinic at the Worcestershire Royal Hospital, where he received eight stitches. He may also suffer some loss of hearing and possible permanent scarring.

The suspect is believed to have got on the 144 bus heading in the direction of Catshill from the Market Street bus depot. He is described as being white, in his late teens, of average build, with dark short hair, and wearing black trousers and shoes and a black bomber jacket. He was carrying a laptop bag.

PC Simeon Darrall-Jones of West Mercia Police said: "This was clearly a nasty and unprovoked attack on a young man who was simply trying to prevent some elderly people getting injured.

"I would appeal for anyone who witnessed the assault or anyone who recognises the youth from the description to contact us. I would also appeal for the youth responsible to come forward."

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Darrall-Jones on the non-emergency number 101 quoting incident 362-s-210113 or to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.