Friday 28 July 2017

Investigation launched after two men were kicked and punched in 'disturbing' homophobic attack on tram

The victims were subjected to 'gay-hate' abuse
The victims were subjected to 'gay-hate' abuse

Helen William

Two men were punched and kicked in what is believed to have been a homophobic attack as they travelled home on a tram.

Police in Manchester said both men, who are in their 40s, needed hospital treatment after they were attacked on a tram into the city centre on the night of Sunday January 22.

Violence broke out after a man and two women became involved in a row with the victims just before the tram stopped at a station on the route at about 10.30pm.

The victims were punched and kicked and subjected to gay-hate abuse, Greater Manchester Police said.

Detective Constable Claire Phythian, from GMP's Trafford borough, described it as "a disturbing attack on two innocent men as they made their way home".

She said: "We take all reports of hate crimes extremely seriously and the message is clear - they will not and never will be tolerated in Greater Manchester."

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

GMP said one of the women is described as a white, with long brown hair in a ponytail and was wearing a dark cap. She was also wearing a black hoody with a white square and white lettering on the front of it.

Police have also issued a photograph of a white man and a white woman with long dark hair who they want to identify.

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