Hunt for Preston homophobic attacker

Attack victim Richard Scott Kennedy
Attack victim Richard Scott Kennedy
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Detectives are appealing for information after an 18 year old student was subjected to a homophobic attack in Preston.

In the early hours of Wednesday, February 26, Richard Kennedy was approached from behind by somebody who made homophobic comments before assaulting him.

The teenager suffered serious cuts and bruises to his face as well as injuries to his chest, teeth and knee.

Police are keen to speak with anyone who may have witnessed the assault.

Det Sgt Martin Pearson said: “This was a particularly nasty assault, aggravated by the homophobic comments which were made before Richard was attacked. Whilst we are keeping an open mind, we do believe he may have been targeted because he is gay. It is completely unacceptable in any society for someone to suffer this type of attack motivated by prejudice. We need to establish exactly what happened to this young man and ensure that nobody else suffers in the same way.

“We know Richard left the Evoque nightclub on Church Street sometime after 1am and was found by friends in the Ringway area around 4am. We are continuing with CCTV enquiries and would like anybody with any information to contact us quoting log reference 0844. The victim is being supported by the police LGBT liaison officer.”

* For the full story see Wednesday’s Lancashire Evening Post

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