Police appeal over attack on gay couple in Huddersfield

A man suffered a serious head injury during a homophobic attack in Huddersfield.

The 34-year-old and his 36-year-old partner were walking along King Street from Cloth Hall Street when they were approached by a gang of two men and two women.

One of the men in the gang was shadow boxing as he walked towards the victims. As they passed, the man struck out at the 34-year-old.

His partner tried to intervene but the suspect ducked under his arm and punched the 34-year-old again, knocking him unconscious.

The 36-year-old was then also attacked. He suffered minor injuries.

Police say the gang then walked onto Market Place, then on to John William Street, then into St George’s Square where they tried to get a taxi from Ex-Service taxi’s before leaving before this was organised.

The attack happened at around 2.30am on Thursday, July 5

CCTV has shown that the suspect had been in Tokyos earlier, at around 11.40pm on Wednesday, July 4.

He is described as white, in his early 20s, with short brown hair in a side parting.

He was wearing a black low-slung v-neck t-shirt and blue jeans and pumps with what appeared to be white toe ends.

The 34-year old victim of the assault received a serious head injury as a result and is currently still undergoing aftercare in hospital.

Due to the couple being gay, police say they are treating the assault as a hate crime and are appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with information to contact PC Lee Brooke on 01484 436642, or Crimestoppers, anonymously on 0800 555111.