West Midlands police hunting five after anti-gay attack

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West Midlands police are looking for five men in connection with a homophobic attack in Walsall last month.

The 20-year-old male victim was in the Lion Bar and Club in Reedswood with friends on November 26th when he was approached by the men.

He told them he did not want to speak to them and left but was attacked as he walked from the venue at about 2:30am.

According to police, one of the men made a homophobic comment before the victim was knocked to the ground and kicked in the head.

The group then ran off, leaving the victim lying on the ground. He reportedly suffered a swollen eye.

West Midlands police spokesman Lee Page told the Express and Star: “This was a particularly nasty attack which was unprovoked. Violence of any kind will not be tolerated, but the homophobic nature of this assault makes it an especially nasty assault and we would like to speak to any witnesses who may know the people involved or have any information on the attack.”

Police have released CCTV images of the assault.