Sunderland homophobic attack

Police say around 20 men and women were involved in an homophobic attack on a woman and her partner at a chip shop in Sunderland. Tyne Tees understands the episode lasted for around 15 minutes.

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Police say alleged homophobic attack may not have taken place

Police investigating an alleged homophobic attack on two women in Sunderland now say the reports that they were targetted by up to 20 youths appear to have been misleading.

Officers received a report that two women were abused and physicaly attacked by a large gang in the Ryhope area.

But after checking CCTV footage, it has now emerged that the two women may in fact have been fighting each other.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said they will always take reports of hate crimes very seriously.

Full Report: Two women attacked in homophobic hate crime

Police are describing an attack that took place in Sunderland as a "homophobic hate crime" on a female couple in their twenties.

They two women were set upon by a gang of youths after heading out for some food at a local chip shop.

Detectives say the gang launched an unprovoked attacked on one of the women before turning on her partner when she arrived to help.

Gregg Easteal sent this full report, watch it below.

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Teen arrested after homophobic hate attack

A teenager has been arrested after two women were attacked in a homophobic hate crime in Sunderland.

The 15-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of assault following the attack, which happened last Friday, and remains in police custody.

Police are continuing to appeal for anyone who witnessed the incident to get in contact with police on the 101 non-emergency number, or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"This must have been a frightening incident for these two victims and I would urge anyone who witnessed it or who has any information about it to contact police.

"Hate crime of any nature is not acceptable. Those who target or commit crimes against people because of their faith, race or sexual orientation, sexual identity or disability will not be tolerated in our communities.

"We take any allegations of hate crimes very seriously and are working to bring the offenders to justice."

– Sunderland Superintendent Jim Napier

"Frightening" homophobic assault lasted up to 15 minutes

Police are appealing for information after a homophobic hate crime took place in Sunderland.

A woman in her 20s was in a chip shop on Burdon Lane when she was approached by a group of approximately 20 youths just after 9pm on Friday 21 June.

A number of the youths then assaulted the woman, punching and kicking her and shouting abuse.

The woman fled the shop and called her partner, also a woman in her 20s, who arrived to try and help her.

However, the youths then subjected the second woman to the same physical and verbal abuse.

Both women were left bruised and badly shaken by the attack.

Tyne Tees understands that up to twenty men and women were involved in the assault. Police say the episode lasted 10 to 15 minutes.

"This must have been a frightening incident for these two victims and I would urge anyone who witnessed it or who has any information about it to contact police.

"Hate crime of any nature is not acceptable. Those who target or commit crimes against people because of their faith, race or sexual orientation, sexual identity or disability will not be tolerated in our communities.

"We take any allegations of hate crimes very seriously and are working to bring the offenders to justice."

– SUNDERLAND SUPERINTENDENT JIM NAPIER

Appeal after homophobic attack in Sunderland

Police are appealing for information after a homophobic hate crime took place in Sunderland.

A woman in her 20s was in a chip shop on Burdon Lane in Sunderland when she was approached by a group of approximately 20 youths just after 9pm on Friday 21 June.

A number of the youths then assaulted the woman, punching and kicking her and shouting abuse.

The woman fled the shop and called her partner, also a woman in her 20s, who arrived to try and help her.

However, the youths then subjected to the second woman to the same physical and verbal abuse.

Both women were left bruised and badly shaken by the attack.

Anyone with information about this attack is asked to contact police in Sunderland on the 101 number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

"This must have been a frightening incident for these two victims and I would urge anyone who witnessed it or who has any information about it to contact police.

"Hate crime of any nature is not acceptable. Those who target or commit crimes against people because of their faith, race or sexual orientation, sexual identity or disability will not be tolerated in our communities.

"We take any allegations of hate crimes very seriously and are working to bring the offenders to justice."

– Sunderland Superintendent Jim Napier

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