A grandfather who used to walk around with his hand on his face to prop his cheek up has spoken of his joy after more than a dozen operations have given him his smile back.
58-year-old John Smith has been unable to smile for eight years after he was left with a permanent frown after having surgery to remove a tumour from his ear.
He now says "the smile is back".
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The netting had also gone round his neck, slowly suffocating him.
During the attack one of the men removed his face covering which allowed Ian to produce an e-fit of his face.
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