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Man arrested after homophobic attack in Birmingham

Man arrested after homophobic attack in Birmingham

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assault following a homophobic attack, while police continue to search for two other suspects.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said a 31-year-old man handed himself in on Saturday after police released the names of three suspects they were looking for in connection with an incident in Birmingham’s Gay Village.

Two men, both in their 30s, were attacked with bottles in the early hours of Sunday, August 15, after being subjected to homophobic abuse by the occupants of a car driving along Bromsgrove Street, near the city centre.

The attack, described as “shocking” and “outrageous” by police, left one victim unconscious and the other with serious cuts.

Police said the man was arrested on suspicion of wounding and remains in custody.

Officers are still searching for Sohail Khan, 24, and Ishaaq Ayaz, 21, both from Birmingham.

Sergeant Marc Petford said: “We have had a good response to our appeal and I am grateful to the people who have shared it far and wide. This was a brutal attack and we need to find those responsible.

“One man was arrested following our appeal and I would encourage the other two to do the same and also come forward to speak to us.”

Anyone with information can contact police on 101, quoting log 552 of August 15, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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