Man who had ear bitten off offers reward

Marco Oswald in hospital
Marco Oswald in hospital Photo:

The family of a man from County Durham, who had his ear bitten off in an attack, is offering a £2,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the man responsible.

It has been a traumatic 8 months for 23-year-old Marco Oswald, from Ferryhill. He had part of his ear bitten off last May, when he stopped for food on Claypath Bank at the end of a night out in Durham. At the time, police described the attack as unprovoked and barbaric.

Marco has had months of hospital visits and has just spent £10,000 on reconstructive surgery. He says there is more than a financial cost and physical scarring to deal with.

"When I go out I feel anxious, especially in Durham. I don't go out that much because of that reason, I think it is best to stay in if there is trouble like that happening and I worry if Marco is out with his friends."

– Gemma Vasey, Marco's girlfriend

The man who did it has yet to be caught.

CCTV of the man police want to speak to
CCTV of the man police want to speak to

"I have been knocked back from a couple of nightclubs because they immediately see the missing part of my ear and think i'm a thug or a troubemaker.

– Marco Oswald

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Marco says he wants to see his attacker behind bars so he can put the experience behind him.