Man left with blue eyes after ‘homophobic’ attack in Oxfordshire ThePipaNews

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The incident happened in the Cropredy area at 2am on August 14 outside The Brasenose Arms. (Google Maps)

Police are appealing after a man was left with a black eye and a bloody nose in an alleged homophobic attack.

The victim, believed to be in his 30s, was standing with his friends outside an Oxfordshire pub, The Brasenose Arms, when a group of men leaving the venue approached.

They made homophobic comments at him before launching an attack, Thames Valley Police said.

Two men in the group punched the victim in the face before fleeing in a taxi.

The victim suffered a black eye, cuts to the face and a bloody nose.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to come forward to get more information about the incident.

The attack happened on Station Road in the Cropredy area at 2am on August 14.

The two offending men are described as between 20-25 years old.

One of them was wearing a black t-shirt, black baseball cap and black bag, while the other is described as having short black hair, a beard and a white t-shirt.

Thames Valley Police’s investigating officer, PC Darius Horton, who is based at Banbury police station, said: “We are appealing for witnesses to this incident to please come forward.

“If anyone has any information, please contact police by calling 101 or by making a report online, quoting reference 43220362458.

“Alternatively, if you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online.”

It was recently reported that homophobic hate crimes have more than doubled in five years, from 10,003 in 2016-17 to 26,824 in 2021-22.

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