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Jonathan Creek ate my ear

May 19th 2009

Up the Creek
A homeless man was attacked, sustaining ear injuries, by actor Alan Davies outside a nightclub in the busy streets of West End in December. Paul McElfatrick, who makes his living by entertaining tourists, was left bleeding after drunken Mr Davies lashed out at him for being called by his character's name, Jonathan Creek. CCTV footage showed Davies outside Groucho Club biting Mr McElfatrick's ear for 13 seconds before being pulled away by friends. The victim, 40, told a local newspaper: "I thought he was going to whisper something, but his face darkened and he almost spat out the words, 'My name's Alan. You know my name - Alan. What's my name? It's Alan.' Then he suddenly went for my left ear. It was incredibly painful. I shrieked and my eyes were watering. He hung on and drew blood." The 41-year-old actor admitted to having "a tussle," but claimed he was provoked by Mr McElfatrick. He said he did not realise the man was homeless and put his actions down to excessive drinking after delivering the eulogy at the funeral of Jonathan Creek producer Verity Lambert.

February 2008



Are you on CHAIN?

The interview: Grant Shapps, MP

Alternative housing: Architecture for Humanity

Long live the Silver Lady

St Mungo's loses City contract

Obituary: Pat McCann

Three deaths in Conway House

An anniversary and a departure at ASLAN

SNaP report uncovers hostel provision in England

Jonathan Creek ate my ear

Scottish housing scandal

Camden street count

Paris deaths

Camden – ASBO central?

Tory MP Grant Shapps sleeps out

The Homeless World Cup 2008

Director leaves Simon Community

Homeless radio

Crisis critique

Hospital discharge

Vital soup runs - a response

What to do if you're gay and homeless?


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