Man arrested over bottle attack in Birmingham Gay Village

We’ve arrested a man over a homophobic hate crime in which a man was attacked with a bottle in Birmingham’s Gay Village.

The 29-year-old surrendered to us today (21 Oct) and has been arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

It happened in the early hours of Sunday 10 October as the victim was walking in Holloway Circus. The assault left him with a gashed head.

We launched an investigation, analysed CCTV and identified a suspect.

Since then we’ve made several arrest attempts at addresses linked to the man and carried out other enquiries in a bid to track him down.

It resulted in the man handing himself in to one of our police stations just before 11.30am today.

Birmingham Police Superintendent James Littlehales said: “This was a really nasty attack with a weapon and one which we believe was motivated by hate. 

“Hate crime and keeping people safe in our nightlife centres are priorities for us. 

“Everyone should feel safe and comfortable to be who they are, we will not tolerate anyone being targeted in this way. 

“This sort of offence is totally unacceptable and offenders must understand we take it extremely seriously and that they face time in prison.”

We’re also investigating other homophobic hate crimes that have been committed in recent weeks and are determined to get justice for victims.

Galop is a national LGBT+ anti-abuse charity who support people who have suffered homophobia, transphobia and other forms of abuse. You can find more about the support available here.

For more support, including information on how to report an incident if you have been the victim of a hate crime, click here.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting this directly to us, you can report it to True Vision online here.

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