Three people have been arrested after a homophobic attack which left a young man in hospital with serious head injuries.

The 22-year-old man, named as James Parks, was out with friends in Stanley Street, in Liverpool’s gay area, when he was attacked by a group of around 13 youths.

He is a trainee officer with Merseyside police.

Police have arrested three boys, two aged 15 and one aged 14, from the Kirkdale area, on suspicion of assault.

The attack happened on Sunday evening at around 10pm.

The man is said to be in a life-threatening condition with multiple fractures to his skull.

A police spokeswoman told the Liverpool Echo: “We are treating the incident as a homophobic attack.

“We believe from witnesses there may have been up to 13 people involved in the attack aged 15–18.

“Three youths from Kirkdale have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident. There are two aged 15 and a 14 year old.

“The road will remain closed until the forensic teams have completed their investigations.”

Anyone who witnessed the attack should call St Anne’s Street CID on 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.