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No one to be charged over homophobic attack on trainee policeman James Parkes

PinkNews Staff Writer April 14, 2010
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It has emerged that no one is to be charged by police in relation to the homophobic attack on gay trainee policeman James Parkes.

Mr Parkes suffered fractures to his skull, cheekbone and eye socket during the October 25th attack, in which he was set upon by up to 20 youths in Stanley Street, part of Liverpool’s gay village. He had been leaving Superstar Boudoir with his boyfriend and friends.

The 22-year-old joined Merseyside Police in May as a trainee officer, having previously worked as a police community support officer for two years.

Police arrested 15 people during their inquiry by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has decided there is insufficient evidence to charge them.

Two of the teenagers arrested, aged 15 and 16 have had their bail cancelled.

Police are reviewing evidence relating to the other 13 and some may be re-interviewed.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: “The investigation into the assault is ongoing and all the evidence is being reviewed.”

“As a result of this review, it might be necessary for the police to re-interview the same suspects or other people in connection with the incident.

“Further lines of enquiry will be sought and every effort is being made to bring those responsible for this attack to justice.

“Homophobic hate crime is unacceptable and Merseyside Police continue to work hard to ensure that any offenders are bought to justice.”

James, now known as James Downey-Parkes, entered into a civil partnership with his partner in February.

His wedding was announced by the prime minister at a reception to mark the contribution of LGBT people to Britain earlier this year.

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