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#360689 - 26th Oct 2009 4:45pm Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool
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Homophobic attack man badly hurt


A man is in a life-threatening condition in hospital after what police have described as a homophobic attack in Liverpool city centre.



About 13 youths, aged between 15 and 18, are believed to have been involved in the assault on the 22-year-old in Stanley Street on Sunday evening.

Three boys from the Kirkdale area, two aged 15 and one aged 14, have been arrested on suspicion of assault.

Merseyside Police cordoned off Stanley Street during the investigation.

The victim had been out with friends when he was attacked, suffering serious head injuries, police said.

Det Ch Insp Tim Keelan said: "We are treating the assault as a homophobic hate crime and this incident shows there are still some people who have not learnt that crimes of this type are completely unacceptable.

People who commit hate crimes can expect the full attention of the police and we will not rest until the offenders are brought to justice."

cctv footage from the scene of the attack is being examined and high-visibility patrols have been stepped up in the area.

Tommy McIlravey, chairman of Liverpool's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community (LGB&T) said it was a "shocking attack".

"Stanley Street is the very heart of gay Liverpool. There has been a gay bar somewhere along there for the best part of 40 years.

"Whatever the motivation for this attack, it is shocking to everyone who socialises in that area.

"If this does turn out to be a homophobic assault then it will serve as another sick reminder of how far we still have to go to Liverpool and in the UK to better protect LGB&T people."

The group will hold an open meeting to discuss recent events in the next couple of weeks he confirmed.



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#360712 - 26th Oct 2009 6:25pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: ]
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hi t.cs missus here,my brothers gay and it worries my mum sick every time he goes for a night out,in this day and age you would think people would know better,but then these were only kids ,hope the lads ok
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#360717 - 26th Oct 2009 6:52pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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No matter what there will always be a handful of small minded people out there who are just to stupid to accept other peoples ways, even when they dont effect theirs.
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#360731 - 26th Oct 2009 7:45pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: Sanchez]
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Gay police officer victim named as James Parkes.



A GAY man is fighting for his life today following a vicious gang beating in Liverpool city centre.

The 22-year–old, who the ECHO understands is a trainee constable with Merseyside police and has been named as James Parkes, was attacked by up to 13 people at 10pm last night when out with three friends on Stanley Street.

He is currently in hospital with multiple skull fractures, a fractured eye socket and a fractured cheek bone.

Three youths, two aged 15 and another aged 14, from Kirkdale have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Stanley Street will remained closed until police forensics have completed their investigations.

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: “We were called to reports of a serious assault on Stanley Street at 10pm last night.

“The victim was taken to hospital with serious head injuries.

“He has suffered multiple fractures to his skull, a fractured cheek bone and a fractured eye socket.

“We are treating the incident as a homophobic attack.

“We believe from witnesses there may have been up to 13 people involved in the attack aged 15–18.

“Three youths from Kirkdale have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with the incident. There are two aged 15 and a 14 year–old.

“The road will remain closed until the forensic teams have completed their investigations.

“Once residents leave their premises we are asking that they don’t return until later today.

“We are trying to preserve the crime scene as much as possible.”

Stanley Street is at the centre of Liverpool’s gay culture, with several gay friendly bars and plans for it to grow to rival Manchester’s famous Canal Street.

The attack comes just a week before the opening of Liverpool’s annual gay festival, Homotopia. In its sixth year, it is branded Homotopia NOT Homophobia for 2009.

Its Facebook site today said: “This has to stop. Enough is enough.” Director Gary Everett said: "This is devastating to wake up to. I am really very shocked.

"For the past five years we have raised money to work closely with schools, the media and the wider community to get out how homophobia ruins lives.

"This is exactly what we have been working to avoid. My heart goes out to this man and I wish him a speedy recovery."

DCI Tim Keelan, said: "I would appeal to anyone who may have information which could help us to catch those responsible for this despicable crime to come forward.

Intensive inquires are taking place and we are currently examining cctv footage from around the time of the incident to identify those responsible.

"We are treating the assault as a homophobic hate crime and this incident shows there are still some people who have not learnt that crimes of this type are completely unacceptable.

People who commit hate crimes can expect the full attention of the police and we will not rest until the offenders are brought to justice.

The offenders will learn their lesson the hard way. "We have stepped up high visibility patrols in the area to reassure the

public and we would urge the community to help us with our enquiries and find those responsible." He added: "Merseyside Police is commited to taking robust and positive

action when investigating hate crimes."The force has a number of specialist Sigma Investigation Units, which provide support for victims whilst at the same time taking action to arrest

and prosecute offenders. The Sigma Unit in Liverpool North is involved in this investigation and will be working with the victim in this case."

Witnesses should call St Anne’s Street CID on 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

THE ECHO

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#360759 - 26th Oct 2009 9:28pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: ]
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Originally Posted By: _jase_


"We are treating the assault as a homophobic hate crime and this incident shows there are still some people who have not learnt that crimes of this type are completely unacceptable.

People who commit hate crimes can expect the full attention of the police and we will not rest until the offenders are brought to justice.



Im sorry but if this was just Joe Bloggs from the street instead of a trainee police man who likes to put his thing inside other men then would this be getting the same treatment from the police?????

I somehow dont think so.

If he was asian and gay would that double the number of police on the task?????

If he was white and hetrosexual, with a job and family would the police even effin turn up? Would they feck!

By the way Im Steve and Im Hetrosexual!

RANT OVER....... for now

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#360764 - 26th Oct 2009 10:04pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: insanekitty]
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Originally Posted By: insanekitty


By the way Im Steve and Im Hetrosexual!



Hi Steve, I am pleased you felt you could share that with the group!!

In seriousness though, I drink in Liverpool (Ship & Mitre, Dr Duncans and Wood Street) and have never had an issue with any of the Scousers. It's when you get the late bus home that trouble is usually caused. The idiots seem to be from The Wirral.

Hope this guy pulls through.

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#360767 - 26th Oct 2009 10:26pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: insanekitty]
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Originally Posted By: insanekitty

Im sorry but if this was just Joe Bloggs from the street instead of a trainee police man who likes to put his thing inside other men then would this be getting the same treatment from the police?????


If you think that all gay men are purely intent on sodomy then you are sadly mistaken and out of date in the age of AIDS. It's this sort of pleb bigotry that fuels these incidents.

Personally, I'm straight but I've got to agree with Graham Chapman who argued that gays have every right to feels superior to heterosexuals as they don't go around filling our planet with millions of surplus humans.

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#360768 - 26th Oct 2009 10:28pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: philmch]
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Im sickened....homophobic kids! Wtf?
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#360771 - 26th Oct 2009 10:43pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: RUDEBOX]
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Homophobic or not this is a despicable crime. When a policeman is looking for my missing child, when a surgeon is saving my life or a Fireman is carring me out of a burning building i am not going to ask if he's gay, i don't care, its his life to choose what he wants to do with it.
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#360792 - 27th Oct 2009 5:18am Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: bert1]
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well said bert1
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#360799 - 27th Oct 2009 7:50am Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: TRANCENTRAL]
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Was this really homophobic????
These kids are feral. They hunt like a pack of animals.
I don't believe they have the intellgence to have an original thought or opinion, they just like to prey on the vunerable. They got a taste for blood so went to the gay quarter where they knew would find an easy target.

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#360966 - 27th Oct 2009 3:19pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: Softy_Southerner]
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Part of the problem is the way some go about their sexuality. In the main no one gives a stuff but when you get some of the gays openly doing stuff to taunt someone into reacting then it is incitement. It gives me the creeps when you get heteros snogging and groping in public but when those who bat for the other side do it the hair on the back of my neck stands up, and that is an involuntary reaction so can I be jailed for it? It's not right. Before anyone gets on my case I usually go down the Lisbon for a drink when I'm in the area and it's a reasonable Pub and it's not all that outrageous in there. If they just go about their business in a low key manner half the shoit wouldn't happen but they shouldn't be flaunting it, heteros don't.
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#360999 - 27th Oct 2009 4:19pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: BandyCoot]
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Hetro's don't behave in a disgraceful manner do they not BandyCoot...what about dogging,curb crawling and swinging parties!I suppose you think all that is ok because it's straight people.I find your attitude ignorant and out-dated.People need to open up and stop relying on the stereotypical gay to put the boot in. we're not all dirty people who go cruising in parks or toilets for annonymous 'encounters'.You usually find that they are the married 'straights' who are too gutless to 'come out' so can't be seen in a gay bar.
Another thing that annoys me is when you say to people that you are gay,normally thier first reaction is "why didn't you say so before" as though they had a god given right to know.Do hetro's go around declaring thier sexuality..no but it's expected of us.
Most of my friends are straight and they come out boozing in my bars as I do in thiers.
There is only a problem if people are closed minded.
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#361002 - 27th Oct 2009 4:22pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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Im afraid i am with bandycoot on this one, I'm not against gays but I cant help but feel sick inside when i see two men kissing.
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#361003 - 27th Oct 2009 4:23pm Re: Homophobic Gang Attacked Liverpool [Re: ChrisNewcastle]
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And it's not a problem being gay,ignorance and homophobia are the problem not gay people.Although I do agree that some are annoying (even to myself) but I live and let live with all creeds and sexualities and if I don't like I leave or turn away.
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