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Homophobic attack victim told by UK police ‘not to go out alone’ next time

Homophobic attack victim told by UK police ‘not to go out alone’ next time

Former X Factor star Bradley Hunt, a victim of a hate crime in Warwickshire, England, is one of two gay man to hit out at local police for their alleged inaction | Picture: Instagram

A victim of homophobic attack in Warwickshire, England, was left stunned after police advised him to ‘not go out alone’ next time around.

Tristan Gillet and Bradley Hunt have hit out at Warwickshire Police saying not enough was being done to combat hate crime targeted at LGBTI people.

21-year-old Gillet was left with two black eyes and a broken nose after being brutally beaten in Kenilworth’s Abbey Fields. While Hunt suffered damaged teeth, a black eye, and cuts to his nose, cheekbone, and forehead after three homophobic men confronted him.

What happened?

According to the Coventry Observer, Gillet was the recent victim of an attack that ended with paramedics treating him.

But the shop keeper from Kenilworth said the advise he received from police was ‘less than helpful.’

However, he told the Observer: ‘I am disgusted with the police, they are not doing enough.

‘All they said to me was I should not go out of the house alone. I have been attacked before and they did nothing.’

Leamington resident Bradley Hunt said he has been attacked several times in the town – including being spat at and kicked.

The 25-year-old Instagram influencer was once given a panic alarm by police. This followed an attack in a night club that saw the star sob in the bar’s beer cellar after the altercation.

How did the police react?

Warwickshire Police informed the paper that the blue light service is committed to curbing escalating violence against LGBTIs.

Furthermore, Superintendent Mike Smith told the Observer: ‘Warwickshire is a diverse place to live and the majority of people embrace this diversity.

‘We are committed to playing our part in ensuring the county is a safe place to live, work and, visit for everyone.

‘There are a small number who victimise people because of who they are. This is wrong and we are committed to addressing it.

‘It is disappointing the victims in these incidents felt they did not receive the high standard of service we aim for and we would welcome the opportunity to talk to them about their experience and address their concerns.’

Warwickshire Police reply

Superintendent Mike Smith said: “Warwickshire is a diverse place to live and the majority of people embrace this diversity. We are committed to playing our part in ensuring the county is a safe place to live, work and visit for everyone

‘There are a small number who victimise people because of who they are; this is wrong and we are committed to addressing it.

‘It is disappointing the victims in these incidents felt they did not receive the high standard of service we aim for and we would welcome the opportunity to talk to them about their experience and address their concerns.

‘Like the rest of the country, recorded hate crimes have gone up in Warwickshire in recent years. We have done a huge amount of work to give victims the confidence to come forward.

‘We welcome the increase in reporting but we are aware that behind each of these offences there is someone being targeted because of who they are. We will take action against anyone who thinks this is acceptable behaviour.’

The numbers add up

As Gillet and Hunt speak out about the violence they’ve encountered, they are in no way alone.

In fact, the rate of anti-LGBTI attacks are quickly becoming a specter for UK citizens, as the rate has risen by 144% in five years.

Moreover, West Yorkshire saw the highest spike in anti-LGBT hate crimes. They experience a 376% increase from 2013-14 to 2017-18.

A recent, widely publicized incident happened in London. It saw a same-sex couple was attacked on a bus by a group of teen males. The assault left them bloodied, scared, and angry.

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