Teen punched in ‘homophobic’ attack in McDonald’s
Police are appealing for witness after a 19-year old man was assaulted in a suspected homophobic attack in a McDonald’s in Birmingham.
The teenaged was with his boyfriend in the fast food branch in Chester Road on the evening of October 8 when he was was approached by a man and punched in the face.
His attacker, who was restrained by another person, then left the restaurant.
The victim was not seriously injured.
Birmingham Police released a CCTV photo of the suspect on Facebook, calling for anyone with information on the attack to come forward.
“We want to speak to this man following a suspected homophobic assault in #Erdington earlier this month,” the police force said in a statement.
“A 19-year-old man was with his partner when he was approached and punched in the face in McDonalds on Chester Road.
“The attacker was pulled away by someone else and left straight afterwards at around 9.40pm on 8 October.
“Fortunately, the victim was not seriously injured.
“Anyone with information can contact us via Live Chat at west-midlands.police.uk between 8am to midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote crime reference number 20BE/235087R/18.”
On Tuesday October 16, the government launched an action plan to tackle out anti-LGBT+ violence.
The plan seeks to focus on better ways to protect and support victims, and includes £1.5 million of funding to support educational programmes to tackle prejudice.
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