In Sunderland, UK, two women were in a chip shop when they were attacked by a group of youths shouting homophobic slurs
On Friday (21 June), the group approached one of the women in a chip shop in the north-east English city, and a number of the youths kicked and punched her while shouting homophobic abuse.
As the woman’s girlfriend came to her aid, she was also attacked by the gang of young thugs.
The couple were left badly bruised and shaken by the attack.
Police are now appealing for information about the attack, which happened between 9pm and 9.14pm on Burdon Lane.
Speaking to The Sunderland Echo, Superintendent Jim Napier said: ‘This must have been a frightening incident for these two victims and I would urge anyone who witnessed it or who has any information about it to contact police.
‘Hate crime of any nature is not acceptable. Those who target or commit crimes against people because of their faith, race or sexual orientation, sexual identity or disability will not be tolerated in our communities.
‘We take any allegations of hate crimes very seriously and are working to bring the offenders to justice.’
Anyone with information on this attack is asked to contact Crimestoppers on +44 (0)800 555 111.