An 11 year old boy in Gloucestershire has been given a final warning from police for using homophobic language.
The child shouted three times towards his 49-year-old victim as he walked down the street in Dursley.
PC Helen Seymour, Hate Crime Officer for Stroud, Stonehouse and Dursley, said her force take incidence of hate crime “very seriously.”
“We thoroughly investigate any reports of hate crime – whether related to race or sexual orientation,” she told the BBC.
“The majority of young people are fully aware that it is unacceptable to abuse people, particularly in racist and homophobic terms,” she added.