A man has been arrested in connection with a serious assault in a Leicester gay pub.

The 28-year-old man is being held in custody, police said.

Two men were severely burned in the incident, which happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Rainbow and Dove pub in Charles Street.

It is thought that a fire was started in the beer garden.

The victims, aged 22 and 20, remain in hospital. One suffered “life-changing” burn injuries to his face, while the other is being treated for burns to his hands.

Police say there is no evidence that the attack was motivated by homophobia or that the victims were specifically targeted.

Officers are still appealing for witnesses to the incident.