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Man arrested following Birchills homophobic assault

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A man has been arrested by police investigating a homophobic assault in Walsall.

The 23-year-old was arrested on Monday morning (12 December) and was later bailed pending further enquiries.

Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the attack which took place at around 2.30am on Saturday 26 November at the Lion Bar and Club, Birchills Street, Birchills.

Meanwhile a number of leads are being followed up as part of the investigation.

Five men made homophobic comments to the 20 year-old male victim who was then punched and kicked several times.

The offenders made off on Birchills Street in the direction of Reedswood. The victim was left with swelling to his right eye.

Anyone who has any information about the assault is asked to contact PC Jackson from the Leamore neighbourhood team on the new non-emergency police telephone number 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Hate crimes can also be reported online or through third party reporting centres.

In Walsall these are located at Apna Gar, Ford Street, Pleck; Pleck Youth Club, Wednesbury Road, Pleck; Kingsley Street Club, Kingsley Street, Walsall; and Walsall Deaf Centre, Lichfield Road, Walsall.