Investigation launched into homophobic attack in Birmingham

We’re investigating a homophobic attack in Birmingham’s Gay Village yesterday (10 Oct) in which a man was hit with a bottle.

The victim was walking along Holloway Circus in the early hours of the morning when he was attacked and left with a nasty gash above his eye.

Our detectives have identified a suspect and arrest attempts are ongoing to bring the man into custody for questioning.

We’ve taken a statement from the 38-year-old victim and a senior officer, Birmingham Police Superintendent James Littlehales, met with him today to hear what happened and offer reassurance in light of some similarly violent assaults in the Gay Village recently.

Supt Littlehales said: “This is an abhorrent attack on a man enjoying a night out. The victim has taken to social media to say he should feel safe when out socialising. He’s absolutely right… this sort of offence is totally unacceptable.

“We’re making rapid progress with the investigation and hope to bring news of an arrest soon. Anyone who commits such offences must understand we take it extremely seriously and that they face time in prison.

“Hate crime and keeping people safe in our nightlife centres are priorities for us. We run operations across weekends into the early hours with high-visibility and plain clothes patrols, plus regular passing attention paid by police vehicles.

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

On 15 August, two men in their 30s were attacked with bottles having earlier been subjected to homophobic abuse shouted from a passing car in Bromsgrove Street.

We’ve arrested three men aged 24, 21 and 31 and are awaiting a charging decision from the CPS.

We’re also investigating other homophobic hate crimes 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.

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