An investigation has begun into what is described by the police as a homophobic hate crime on a female couple at a chip shop in Sunderland.
A gang of youths set upon one of the women in an unprovoked attack before then turning on her partner when she arrived to help.
Gregg Easteal sent this lunchtime report from the scene.
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