A Bridgwater man who was beaten in the street because he is gay has spoken of his anger at police for not prosecuting the people he claims attacked him.

Jason Saunders, 19, was left with severe bruising and a broken nose when he was attacked by a group on five men on June 23rd.

He says he is now too frightened to leave his house and is blind in one eye.

One of the five men was arrested by police was released on bail and charges against all five have now been dropped due to lack of evidence.

Saunders told the Bridgwater Mercury: “The police came to my house and told me they were sorry but nothing could be done to prosecute a guy who admitted beating me up.

“Apparently, the police couldn’t find sufficient evidence to charge him, despite one of my friend’s witnessing part of the attack and offering to give evidence on my behalf.”

He added that he feels that if he was straight, more would be done about the attack.

Saunders is now planning to move house.

Steve Game, of Bridgwater police, said: “The matter was investigated and discussed with the Crown Prosecution Service and was dropped due to lack of evidence.

“We do our best but we must stay within the confines of the law and if Mr Saunders is not happy with the just system, he needs to speak to the Home Office.”