James Parkes, the gay trainee policeman who was beaten in a homophobic attack, is expected to return to work in a matter of weeks.

Parkes has been recovering from a fractured skull and cheekbone since he was attacked by up to 20 youths in Liverpool’s gay village last month.

According to the Liverpool Daily Post, the 22-year-old hopes to return to work after Christmas.

He has six weeks of training left before he begins a two-year training period but will not graduate with his class.

Parkes was well enough to attend a football march held in remembrance of local gay teenager Michael Causer last weekend.

Thirteen boys between the ages of 13 and 17 have been arrested and bailed in connection with the attack.