Police are treating an attack on three men in Padstow, Cornwall, as a hate crime because one of the men was trans.

The friends, who were on holiday from the Plymouth area, had gone out on Saturday night and were attacked as they returned to an address on Broad Street.

It is thought they were followed into the house by two men, one of whom attacked them.

Police were called to the property at just after midnight on Sunday morning and two of the victims required hospital treatment for cuts. One of the two, a man in his fifties, was knocked unconscious.

A police spokesman told the Cornish Guardian: “We have recorded this incident as a hate crime after one of the victims made a claim that the assault could have been a homophobic attack because one of the party was a transsexual.

“We are following all lines of inquiry including checking the local pub’s CCTV camera footage.

“If anyone has any information we would encourage them to please come forward.”

The first suspect is described as white, between 5ft 7in and 5ft 8in tall, in his late 20s, with a bald head and a stocky build. He was wearing a long-sleeved black t-shirt.

The second man was described as white, 5ft 9in, slim, with short tight curly hair and a local accent.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DS Sarah Luckett at Bodmin CID on 08452 777444 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.