Police investigating homophobic attack in Londonderry

Police officers administered first aid to one of the victims at the scene. Credit: Foyle Pride

Two men have been left with injuries to their heads and faces after what police are treating as a homophobic attack in Derry.

Police say that a number of men were involved in the incident outside a Chinese takeaway on William Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.

We are making enquiries to establish what occurred and who was involved in this incident, which is being treated as a homophobic hate crime. 

Inspector John Moore

Foyle Pride has condemned the attack.

In a statement, Foyle Pride said the victims were a local man and his partner, who was visiting from Liverpool for a weekend with family.

The statement from Foyle Pride gave an account of what is said to have happened during the attack: "One of the men defending a female customer from a verbal assault was hit on the head and suffered injuries to the eye area as well as a broken nose.

"His partner, who was waiting outside, entered the takeaway on hearing the homophobic language directed at his partner and he too was set upon. Dragged outside, he was left on the ground with injuries to the head and body.

"As well as the physical attack, the two men and a female friend were subjected to a torrent of homophobic abuse."

Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.