A schoolboy aged just 12 has been arrested by police following a homophobic attack on two men in Liverpool, England, over the weekend.
Police today (26 June) confirmed they apprehended the boy in connection over the abhorrent assault that has left city locals and officials alike appalled and one man with serious injuries.
Last weekend, a married gay couple were confronted by a group of young boys in the Anfield area of Liverpool.
According to the Liverpool Echo, the two victims were both in the 30s. They were walking in the direction of Priory Road when ‘three male youths’ approached them.
The boys as young as 12 made anti-gay insults to them before producing a knife. One of the men sustained injuries to his head and neck, described as serious but non-life threatening. Meanwhile, the other sustained injuries to his hand.
Authorities said one of the offenders wearing a dark bubble coat and another was riding a bike.
Today, police said they arrested a 12-year-old boy on suspicion of carrying out the ‘homophobic aggravated’ assault.
A police spokesperson confirmed to Gay Star News that the boy is ‘under arrest’ and are holding him in custody. Detectives will shortly question him.
‘The persons who did this will for sure attack using a knife again’
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson condemned the attack on Twitter. He said he was ‘angry & ashamed’ of the boys.
‘Please, please help the police identify those responsible,’ he wrote. ‘Let’s show that Anfield & Liverpool will not tolerate hate.
‘Love to all in the LGBT community,’ he added.
‘The use of a knife in this homophobic attack has rightly outraged people,’ he continued in a separate tweet.
‘The persons who did this will for sure attack using a knife again, it could be a member of your family, please contact the Police with any information you may have.
‘Our love and best wishes to the victims.’