Magistrates judges called the incident a “nasty situation”.

As a result, courts fined Harrison £60 and ordered him to pay £100 compensation to the victim and pay £117 in costs and surcharges.

LGBT+ hate crime has rocketed in England and Wales. 

The ruling comes after reports of hate crimes against LGBT+ people in England and Wales have rocketed according to new data compiled by the Home Office.

Hate crimes against trans people rose faster than for any other protected group
Hate crimes against trans people rose faster than for any other protected group

There was a 25 per cent rise in hate crimes based on sexual orientation. While anti-trans hate crime has more than quadrupled in the last five years.

One number in the swathe of hate crime statistics was the case of a 13-year-old arrested in Gwynedd, Wales, in an alleged attack that left a member of an LGBT+ youth group hospitalised.

The attacked stunned the rural community, with activists highlighting it as a crucial example of the need for increased diverse education.

While the spike in hate crime can in part be contributed to refined, more accessible reporting practices, the increase comes amid growing protests against LGBT-inclusive education across the UK.