Gay couple bashed unconscious with bottles in horror homophobic gang attack

A couple were left bloodied and bruised after a horrifying 4am homophobic attack.

Rob and his husband Patrick were celebrating a friend's birthday when they were targeted by multiple occupants of a black SUV.

The assailants grabbed Patrick's phone when he tried to film the abuse had began while a friend was pulled along the road when she tried to retrieve it, Birmingham Live reports.

Patrick was knocked unconscious in the brawl and Rob was beaten with bottles when the vehicle stopped after he chased it.

The pair are today recovering at home and have had to take time off work while their injuries heal.

Speaking to Birmingham Live, he said: “They had no business in the Gay Village at 4am except for trying to start fights with gay people.

“We had come up from Oxfordshire for a friend’s birthday party that night. It was a nice night out and there had been guys sat in front of the bar in a SUV.

“We tried to be nice to them, I said: ‘Is it your birthday?' or something, and they started yelling at us and calling us homophobic names.

"Then my husband tried to record them and they stole his phone and took it inside the car.

“When they were trying to get it back they drove off, knocking him over and dragging our friend down the road and halfway round the corner.

“I chased after them and they got out of the car and had bottles and started fighting us.”

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Rob sustained cuts to his head and hands, while Patrick was knocked unconscious and suffered cuts to his head and arm.

Their friend, who is in her 20s, also suffered an injury to her foot after being dragged by the vehicle.

The group managed to flee to a safe space in a carpark and called the police.

“They took statements and went away immediately to review CCTV and chase it up,” Rob said.

"I want to thank the police, hospital staff and our friends who helped get the word out."

Insp Steve Lloyd, from Birmingham Police, said: “This was an absolutely appalling attack and robbery on people just trying to enjoy a night out in the city centre.

“They’ve suffered homophobic abuse before being physically injured, and we are working incredibly hard to find those responsible.

“We’ll be working closely with businesses in the area, and the Southside BID, to reassure them that we are taking this appalling hate crime very seriously."

The men in the car were described as being of Middle Eastern or Asian appearance.

Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to contact police, quoting log 552 of 15 August.

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