Police are hunting for three ‘Asian’ men after a man suffered a broken jaw and deep facial cuts in an alleged homophobic attack in Brighton, Britain’s gay capital and a ‘city of sanctuary’.
Sussex Police published CCTV stills of the suspects at the weekend in an appeal for information from the public regarding the assault, which took place at Seaside Kebabs in the early hours of June 7.
The 21-year-old victim was in the kebab shop with a 22-year-old man from Gloucester when the trio walked into the Kings Road eatery at around 4:30 a.m. and proceeded to make “derogatory comments about homosexuality”, according to police.
An argument reportedly ensued, followed by an attack which resulted in the 21-year-old Suffolk resident sustaining a fractured jaw as well as lacerations to the face which required stitches.
The 22-year-old was also hurt, suffering minor facial injuries.
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“Initial enquiries have not led to the suspects, described as three [South] Asian men, being identified and officers are now seeking help from the public. It is believed they may be from London,” police said.
Asking anyone who witnessed the assault or who recognises the suspects to get in touch, the force also urged the public to report any other “homophobic incidents” they might know about.
The appeal for information came after Sussex Police reported statistics showing a 10 percent rise in the number of homophobic hate crime reports in the city which has long been regarded as the gay capital of Britain, with research in 2014 estimating around 11 to 15 per cent of its adult population identifies as LGBT.
On Thursday, Breitbart London reported another appeal for information put out by Sussex Police after a woman was reportedly raped by an ‘Asian’ suspect while walking home through a public park, also in Brighton, which styles itself as a “city of sanctuary” for migrants.
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“Brighton & Hove is one of a large network of UK Cities of Sanctuary” states the city council — which has volunteered taxpayers’ resources towards taking additional “unaccompanied minors” on a number of occasions — adding that the region is “committed to building a culture of hospitality and welcome, especially for refugees.”
“People seeking sanctuary have lost their homes and families yet bring all kinds of skills, arts, food and culture, that enrich our city,” Sanctuary on Sea claims, asserting that Brighton “has always embraced and thrived on difference and is famed for celebrating the diversity of its residents”.
However, in June an Egyptian adult who had broken into Britain falsely claiming to be an “unaccompanied minor” fleeing conflict in Syria was given a short jail sentence for the “severe and prolonged” rape of a vulnerable schoolgirl.
Brighton Crown Court heard how the victim had questioned whether she would still “be able to get married and have a happy future” after suffering such trauma from the violent sexual assault, in which she was left “black and blue” with bruising.
The council did not appear to consider abandoning its sanctuary policy following the attack.