Teen hospitalised after standing up to ‘vile homophobic abuse’

The park where a teen was assaulted in a homophobic attack

A teenager was hospitalised after challenging a gang for hurling “vile homophobic abuse” at him in a park in Bury, Greater Manchester.

The 15-year-old boy was assaulted in Manchester Park Road at 3.30pm on Monday (February 11), according to Greater Manchester Police.

Greater Manchester Police said he was walking along Manchester Road when a group of man started shouting homophobic slurs at him.

Teen is beaten up after challenging gang over homophobic slurs

After the teen “challenged his abuses,” police said, he was assaulted by the gang in Manchester Road Park.

He was taken to hospital and later discharged.

“We are treating this offence with the utmost seriousness. We will not tolerate hate crime and will do everything in our power to apprehend offenders.”

—Phil Spurgeon, chief inspector of Greater Manchester Police’s Bury division

Police described the assault as a “hate incident” and are appealing for information.

The force has arrested one man in connection with the attack.

Greater Manchester Police arrest one man in connection with “homophobic incident”

Phil Spurgeon, a chief inspector at Greater Manchester Police’s Bury division, said: “This was a cowardly attack on a young man who was subjected to vile, homophobic abuse.

“After challenging his abusers, he was then assaulted by a number of offenders and had to be treated in hospital for his injuries.

Greater Manchester Police's statement over the "homophobic" attack

Greater Manchester Police released a statement regarding the “homophobic” incident on Facebook. (Greater Manchester Police/Facebook)

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“We are treating this offence with the utmost seriousness.

“We will not tolerate hate crime and will do everything in our power to apprehend offenders.

“While we have arrested one person, we are continuing to appeal for information on this crime and would ask that anyone if information contacts police immediately.”

In a separate incident in Manchester in July, a man, who was kicked and subjected to an anti-gay slur, was jailed for 12 years for running over the man he had been arguing with in the city’s Gay Village.

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Aaron McDonald, 31, had rowed with another man in Bloom Street, during which he was kicked and called a “f****t boy,” reports Manchester Evening News.

The court heart how McDonald had then walked away, before getting into his Vauxhall Corsa, which was parked nearby.

He then drove his car at a group of pedestrians, including the man he had argued with.

The 31-year old continued driving, even after the man was thrown onto his bonnet.

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