Man had teeth knocked out

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A man who lost a kidney when he was stabbed says he hit out at a man because he feared he would be attacked again.

Benjamin Clarke had lost a kidney when he was knifed in the back and was placed in a medically induced coma for a period of time.

After recovering he was walking near Oggies bar on Queen Street, when he came across trouble on the street.

A man had ended up on the ground and when he stood up, Clarke hit out.

Clarke says he did so because he feared he would be struck.

The victim suffered the loss of two front teeth and a nose injury.

Clarke, 26, of Cleveden Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm when he appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

He was given a suspended sentence order by a judge and told to pay his victim £800 compensation.

The victim was left with bleeding from his mouth and nose. Initially, he was given a temporary fix for the two teeth before having a permanent replacement.

He needed to take two weeks off work because of what had happened.

A few days after the assault, in May last year, he indicated he knew the person responsible.

He had felt unable to go out with friends while having his dental treatment.

Clarke was given 10 months prison, suspended for two years, with two years supervision and a four months long curfew, to run from 8pm-8am each night