A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with an alleged homophobic attack in Sunderland, England, that left two women "bruised and badly shaken," Pink Newsreports.
According to the report, the two women were allegedly kicked and punched by a group of about 20 youths in a chip shop just after 9pm June 21.
One woman was reportedly attacked first and targeted with slurs. She fled the shop and called out to her partner for help. When her partner tried to intervene, the youths also attacked her.
A report in The Sunderland Echo quotes the city's superintendent of police, Jim Napier, as saying that "this must have been a frightening incident for these two victims and I would urge anyone who witnessed it or who has any information about it to contact police. Hate crime of any nature is not acceptable. Those who target or commit crimes against people because of their faith, race or sexual orientation, sexual identity or disability will not be tolerated in our communities. We take any allegations of hate crimes very seriously and are working to bring the offenders to justice.”