Two men severely beaten with bottles in vicious homophobic attack in Birmingham gay village
Police are investigating after two men were beaten with bottles – one passed out – in a vicious ‘homophobic attack’ in the gay village of Birmingham.
The victims, in their 30s, were outside the missing Bromsgrove Street bar at 4 a.m. today (August 15) when a group of men shouted homophobic slurs at them, police said.
Police said one of the victims had her phone confiscated by the group, described as Asian, who was in a black SUV.
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A friend of the victim tried to retrieve the handset by leaning out of the car window but was dragged by the vehicle.
The group then got out of the vehicle and attacked the men with bottles, police said, leaving them bloody and severely swollen.
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said: ‘One of the victims received lacerations to the head and hands, while the second passed out and suffered cuts to the head and arm.
“Their friend, who is in her twenties, injured her foot after being dragged by the vehicle. Today, detectives are conducting urgent investigations to identify the attackers and their vehicle.”
CCTV is being recovered and victims are being contacted for more information.
Inspector Steve Lloyd said: “This was an absolutely appalling attack and robbery on people just trying to enjoy a night out in the city center.
“They suffered homophobic abuse before being physically injured, and we are working incredibly hard to find those responsible.
“We will be working closely with businesses in the region and the Southside BID, to reassure them that we take this appalling hate crime very seriously.”
Southside BID said: “All we can say is that this type of behavior is totally unacceptable, especially in Southside which is the most diverse part of our city.
“We will do all we can to help the police find and prosecute these homophobes.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact police by calling 101, citing newspaper 552 for August 15.
You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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