UPDATE:  Three suspects in Birmingham Gay Village attack arrested

We’ve arrested three men following a violent attack on a couple in Birmingham’s Gay Village earlier this month.

A 24-year-old and 21-year-old were arrested on suspicion of robbery and wounding on Monday (23 August) and have been bailed while investigations continue.

A 31-year-old man was arrested a few days prior on Saturday (21 August) and has also been bailed.

It follows a violent incident on Bromsgrove Street in the early hours of Sunday 15 August. Two men in their 30s were attacked with bottles at 4am having earlier been subjected to homophobic abuse shouted from a passing car. One man was left unconscious and another suffered nasty cuts.

Following the attack, we’ve had high visibility officers patrolling the area and are reminding the public of the full range of support services and guidance available to them.

We understand that experiencing a hate crime is extremely distressing and upsetting and we want to reassure anyone who is targeted that we will listen, their report will be treated with sensitivity and we will take action.

Detective Inspector Michelle Cordell, from Force CID, said: “Everyone should feel safe and comfortable to be who they are, we will not tolerate people being targeted in this way.

“We are proud to police our diverse communities and will not stand for hatred directed towards people because of their race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, or gender identity.

“Less than two weeks after the Bromsgrove Street attack, we have now traced and apprehended three suspects and our investigation remains active. We also want to thank those members of the public who supported our appeal.”

We don’t want the public to feel fearful reporting incidents to us and work with partner agencies and representative groups to offer a range of support services and guidance.

Galop is a national LGBT+ anti-abuse charity who support people who have suffered homophobia, transphobia and other forms of abuse. You can find more about the support available here.

For more support, including information on how to report an incident if you have been the victim of a hate crime, click here.

Alternatively, if you don’t feel comfortable reporting this directly to us, you can report it to True Vision online here.

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