Homophobic attack in Leeds leaves victim requiring surgery

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A gay man was left with a broken arm in a suspected homophobic attack in Leeds.

The 25-year-old was assaulted near the bus station in the city centre by a man who hurled anti-gay abuse at him.

He managed to escape and went to hospital but is facing surgery to repair the damage.

The incident happened in the early hours of August 4 – the day after the Leeds Pride event – but police are only now appealing for the public’s help.

PC Matt Thirkill, from Leeds City Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “The victim was walking with a male friend near to the Mecca Bingo at around 4.45am when a woman, who was with a group of several men nearby, is alleged to have a made a derogatory remark.

“As the victim and his friend moved away, a male from the group crossed the road and knocked the victim to the floor. The suspect then continued to assault him while shouting homophobic insults.

“Fortunately the victim was able to get up and flee the scene. Subsequent treatment at hospital established the victim had sustained a broken arm which will require surgery.”

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