PART of a man's ear was bitten off during an attack near Poole Quay at the weekend.

Police are appealing for witnesses following the assault on the man in Old Orchard, early on Sunday morning.

A 29-year-old man was walking with friends around 1.10am when he was approached by two unknown men who began shouting at him before assaulting him.

The man was taken to hospital for treatment to his ear.

The first offender is described as mixed race, around five feet seven inches tall, with very short cropped hair, aged in his early 20s and of slim build.

The second offender is described as white, around five feet eight inches tall, with short cropped light brown or ginger hair, aged in his early 20s and of slim build.

DC Matt Loader said: "We believe this was an unprovoked serious assault and a detailed investigation is now under way to identify the offenders.

"If you have any information about the incident or are able to identify either of the men described, please contact Dorset Police urgently."