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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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

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