Three men ‘whipped with belts’ in suspected homophobic attack in Oxford

The police have arrested an 18-year-old suspect and released them on bail

Three men were walking back from a night out in Oxford when they were attacked by a group and reportedly whipped with belts.

Prior to the attack the three men had been subject to homophobic abuse from the same group, Pink News reports.

The police are now investigating the incident which took place at around 3:43am last Sunday.

They were approached by a group who levelled homophobic insults at them before the altercation escalated into physical violence.

One victim received a cut on his forehead and required hospital treatment. He has now been discharged.

The two other victims also suffered injuries but didn’t need to go to hospital.

An 18-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but was later released on bail.

Investigating officer Police constable Eleanor Middlemass told Pink News: “We are appealing to anyone who may have seen the men on George Street on Sunday morning, or anyone with footage, whether that be from CCTV, dashcam or doorbell camera to contact the force.

“The easiest way is via our website or by calling 101.”

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