UK: Teenager attacked in Park Street for being gay

"It's hard to understand how and why someone would do this"

12/5/2017- A teenager was attacked in Park Street in an early hours attack - because he is gay. The victim was walking near to Tesco on College Green shortly before 4am in the early hours of Sunday, May 7. He was verbally abused by two men before one of them punched him in the face. The teenager was treated at Bristol Royal Infirmary for facial injuries. Police are now investigating the incident which they are describing as a 'homophobic hate crime'. A photo was tweeted after the attack that shows the victim's injuries. A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: "We're treating this as a hate crime because of the words used by the offenders before the attack was carried out. Investigating officer PC Leanne Weeks added that police are reviewing CCTV footage in a bid to identify the attackers. She said: "This was an extremely unpleasant and unprovoked assault on a man who was targeted because of his sexuality.

"It's hard to understand how and why someone would do this and we'd urge people to come forward and help us if they can. "We're reviewing CCTV from around the area and will be making further enquiries with venues in the area to try and identify these two men. "If you were out last Saturday night, or early hours of Sunday morning and recognise the description of these men, or if you saw this incident in the College Green area of Park Street just before 4am on Sunday, please come forward." Police say the man who carried out the assault is white, of slim build, around 20 to 23 years old with light, brown hair in a quiff style which was short at the side. He was wearing a baby blue long-sleeved shirt and black skinny jeans. The man who was with him, who used homophobic language is white, aged 23 to 25 years old, around 6ft, of muscular build, with dark brown hair also in a quiff style and short at the sides, with a short-cut well-groomed beard. He was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt and black jeans. PC Weeks added: "If you can help, please call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5217101079."
The Bristol Post

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