Football fan admits part in seafront attack

A FOOTBALL fan has admitted his part in a violent assault during which a teenager had half his ear bitten off in a row over a novelty trumpet.

Daniel Mills, 20, of Upper Maze Hill, St Leonards, pleaded guilty to violent disorder when he appeared at Hove Crown Court.

The judge heard that tempers flared during last summer’s World Cup match between England and the USA on June 17.

Mills is said to have taunted the 16-year-old victim on the St Leonards seafront by repeatedly blowing a vuvuzela – the plastic trumpet made famous during the tournament in South Africa.

A group of men then attacked the boy and one of them bit half his ear off.

Mills accepted he had thrown punches and kicked the victim.

He was bailed to return to court for sentencing on Tuesday, May 10.

Detective Constable Darryl Donaghue of Hastings CID, who led the investigation, said: “This was an unprovoked and savage attack on an innocent young man.

“The defendant has accepted his part in the assault which has left a permanent disfigurement to the victim.”