Plymouth teenager left with two broken ribs after 'homophobic' attack
A TEENAGER was left with two broken ribs in what police suspect was a homophobic attack.
The 19-year-old student has told police he was near the Dog and Duck public house in Mutley Plain at around 3.10am on October 6 when he heard a man shouting "fag" and "batty boy" just before he was struck violently around the head.
The student and his friend had just left the pub and were standing in a doorway when the attack was launched.
He told police he could remember nothing more until some time later after he had been helped home by his friend and was being treated by paramedics.
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He was later taken to Derriford Hospital where it was found he suffered two broken ribs along with severe bruising to his face.
Det Con Louise Steele, of the Plymouth Diverse Communities Team, said the victim's friend attempted to protect him, as two suspects repeatedly kicked the student as he lay on the ground. One of the pair was understood to have shouted out: "We live here, we know people" as they continued their assault.
She said: "This was a completely unprovoked attack and from the comments the victim said he heard, we believe this was a homophobic attack.
"He suffered nasty facial injuries and very visible bruising.
"We know there were around 15 other people nearby at the time and at one stage a woman and a man raced over to help protect the victim from this assault.
"We believe one of the suspects even went on to attack another person further up the street immediately after this incident."
Police have released CCTV stills of two men they would like to hear from in connection with their investigation.
If you recognise either man, contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/12/9587.