A Warwickshire-based victim of a homophobic attack has hit out at the police, saying that not enough is being done to combat hate crime against LGBT people.
Kenilworth shopkeeper Tristan Gillet, 21, says that he was advised by police ‘not to go out alone’ after being brutally beaten in the town’s Abbey Fields.
Speaking to the Coventry Observer, Mr Gillet said: “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.”
The Observer also spoke to Leamington-based Instagram influencer Bradley Hunt, 25, who told the paper that he had been attacked several times in the town and was once given a panic alarm by the police.
Responding to Mr Gillet’s claim, Superintendent Mike Smith of Warwickshire Police 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.”
Pictrure: Bradley Hunt/Instagram
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