Police in Walsall have re-issued CCTV images of a man they want to speak to in connection with a homophobic assault which happened last month.
Three people have already been arrested following the first appeal two weeks ago in connection with the attack which happened on Saturday 26 November at around 2:30am at the Lion Bar and Club on Birchills Street.
A group of men made homophobic comments to the 20 year-old male victim before punching him several times. The victim was also kicked as he lay on the ground.
The offenders made off on Birchills Street in the direction of Reedswood; meanwhile the victim was left with swelling to his right eye.
CCTV cameras caught some of the people suspected of being involved and with help from the public officers have been able to identify four of the men.
Three of them, aged 23, 18 and 17, have been arrested and are currently on bail pending further enquiries.
Police are re-issuing images of the fifth outstanding suspect in the hope that the public can help identify him.
He is described as a white male, with short brown hair, of slim build and was wearing a distinctive union jack long sleeved jumper.
PC Richard Jackson, from Leamore neighbourhood policing team, said: “This was a nasty assault but the response to our last appeal was very pleasing and has led to the identification of four suspects.
“I would urge people to take another look at the images of the fifth suspect we have released today and get in touch with us if they recognise him.
“Hate crime will not be tolerated and victims should feel confident that the police will take these incidents extremely seriously.”
Anyone who has any information about the assault should call PC Richard 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 www.report-it.org.uk 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.