Cops in Stoke On Trent are investigating after teens who attended the pride event are attacked on the street.
Officers from the Staffordshire police force are investigating a hate crime after a group of teenagers allegedly verbally abused and attacked another group of teens who were making their way home from Stoke On Trent Pride.
One of the victims was also punched and kicked in the attack, according to the police report.
Another victim claims that the attackers told them to “kill themselves” as well as using anti-gay slurs against the LGBT+ group.
The entire incident was filmed and shows scenes of a horrific and vile attack on members on the young LGBT+ friends – all aged between 14 and 16 who live in the local area.
The attackers can be heard using homophobic slurs against their victims.
We're investigating a report of a hate crime at Stoke-on-Trent Pride on Saturday and would like to reassure the public that lines of enquiry are currently being followed and witnesses are being spoken to. Anyone with information should call 101. More here: https://t.co/E3W4twCMCl pic.twitter.com/wXhwUtXzL6
— Staffordshire Police (@StaffsPolice) June 18, 2019
According to The Mirror, the teens were attacked after leaving the annual Stoke On Trent pride over the weekend and were taunted and attacked as they tried to get away in a taxi.
A 14-year-old girl, who identifies as bisexual, told StokeonTrentLive, “We’d had a great time at Pride then all of a sudden this group appeared and started chasing after the taxi. They pulled open the door and start attacking them.
“There were girls screaming at us. They told us to ‘go kill yourselves’ and said we should die. One of them shouted ‘faggots’. I’ve had a few things said to me before but nothing like this. It was mainly girls but there were some boys too. It was right outside the YMCA.”
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting incident number 911 of June 15.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.