Investigation into homophobic attack on Lancashire student stalls

Attack victim Richard Scott Kennedy
Attack victim Richard Scott Kennedy
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Detectives probing a horrific homophobic assault on a student have revealed they have had no calls - despite an appeal being shared by 200,000 people across the world.

Richard Kennedy, was approached from behind by a thug who made homophobic comments before assaulting him in the early hours of Wednesday, February 26, during a night out in Preston.

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

The 18-year-old University of Central Lancashire theatre and performance student left Evoque nightclub, Church Street after 1am and was found in Ringway around 4am.

Horrified members of public have shared pictures of his injuries around the world on the internet as police, who believe the attack was motivated by his sexuality, continue to investigate.

Yet frustrated officers have had no new leads or calls.

Brave Richard posted a photo on Facebook of his battered face. The injuries left the teenager with teeth embedded in his gums and cheek.

He needs surgery to remove a tooth sitting under his cheek, inside his gum, on the right side below his nose. His legs and chest were also injured.

The victim has called for an end to
homophobia and has warned people to “stay safe” by not walking around on their own at night.

Today Det Sgt Martin Pearson, of Preston CID, said: “It is disappointing because people are clearly shocked by what happened, but we are still hopeful someone will give us the breakthrough we need.

“This was a particularly nasty assault.” Call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.