Teenager brutally beaten in homophobic and racist attack


The Asian teenager was subjected to a violent homophobic and racist assault on his way home from work.

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses, following a brutal attack on 19-year-old man in North Yorkshire.

North Yorkshire Police said one man grabbed the victim and held his arms behind his back.

He then pushed the victim forward, as the other attacker punched and kicked him in the head.

Both men shouted homophobic and racial remarks throughout the attack, according to the police report.

Police say they are treating the incident – which took place just after midnight on Thursday (January 28) – as a hate crime.

One of the suspects is described as white and in his mid to late 40s.

He had very short, shaved hair, was of a chunky or fat build and had neatly-shaven sideburns.

He is described as having excess skin on his neck – like a “turkey neck”.

He was dressed in workwear including a navy blue outdoor coat, dirty blue jeans and tan or sand-coloured Timberland-style workers’ boots, with construction-type dirt on them.

He is said to have spoken with a local accent and wore a plain gold wedding band on his wedding ring finger.

The second suspect is described as a chunky or fat white man who is also in his mid to late 40s.

He had short, thinning hair and a bit of stubble.

He wore a black leather bomber jacket, jeans, brown workers’ boots and had a blue tattoo on one of his wrists.

North Yorkshire police urge anyone who witnessed this incident, or has any information, to contact police immediately on 101. Ask for Rebecca Wood and quote incident number NYP-28012016-0193.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800-555-111.