Barman from Manchester’s Gay Village violently assaulted in homophobic attack

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A barman working in Manchester’s Canal Street has been violently assaulted and subjected to homophobic abuse as he headed home on Saturday.

Thomas Morris was trying to go home early on Saturday morning after working on a bar on Canal Street.

The 19-year-old said the taxi he was in stopped, as the driver began arguing with him about the fare, at which point a third man, who was walking along the street, began punching him, and shouted homophobic abuse.

After attacking him, the man attempted to steal Morris’ mobile phone, kicking him in the head and body as he lay in the road.

Police are urging anybody with any information to come forward.

The incident took place at around 3am, and following the attack, Morris was taken to hospital for a brain scan, spending more than six hours in A&E.

The attacker, who rode away on a bicycle, is described as Asian, in his late teens and a slim build.

Morris believes the taxi driver witnessed the attack before driving off.

Anyone with information can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.