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Police hunt for three men over vile homophobic attack on married couple

Rob and husband Patrick were savagely attacked by a group of yobs in Birmingham’s Gay Village Sunday morning and police want to speak to three locals – Sohail Khan, 24, Mosin Mahmood, 31, and Ishaaq Ayazhave, 21 – in connection with the assault

Three men hunted by police over homophobic attack in Gay Village

Police are hunting three men in connection with a vile homophobic attack on a married couple who were beaten unconscious with bottles and left covered in blood.

Police say they want to speak to three locals, Sohail Khan, 24, Mosin Mahmood, 31, and Ishaaq Ayazhave, 21, over the horrific attack carried out in the early hours of last Sunday in Birmingham’s Gay Village.

Rob and husband Patrick had just left a nightclub where they were celebrating a friend’s birthday when a gang of men started hurling abuse at them as they drove past in their car.

The sick culprits then grabbed Patrick’s phone when he tried to film them as the abuse started.



Police are searching for three men in connection with a vicious homophobic attack in Birmingham’s Gay Village. One man they’re looking for is Mosin Mahmood, 31 (pictured)
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Pictured: Ishaaq Ayaz, 21, who is wanted in connection with a vicious homophobic attack in Birmingham’s Gay Village last Sunday
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Another friend was dragged along the road by a car when she tried to retrieve the phone.

Patrick was knocked unconscious in the scrap and Rob was attacked and beaten with bottles, BirminghamLive reports.

Police say they have carried out extensive CCTV, witness and vehicle enquiries, and have released the names of the three men they want to speak to in connection with the incident.



Police say they have carried out extensive CCTV, witness and vehicle enquiries, and now want to speak to three men, including Sohail Khan, 24 (pictured)
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Sergeant Marc Petford from Force CID said: “We have already completed a number of arrest attempts for the men; I would encourage them to hand themselves in and speak to us.

“This was a shocking homophobic attack on two men enjoying a night out in our city. It’s outrageous and we’re determined to bring to justice the people responsible.”

Rob said the couple, both in their 30s and from Oxfordshire, are recovering at home and both had to take time off work.



Pictured: Rob (left) and his husband Patrick who were attacked and robbed in Birmingham’s Gay Village on Sunday morning
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Rob said: “We had come up from Oxfordshire for a friend’s birthday party that night. It was a nice night out and there had been guys sat in front of the bar in a SUV.

“We tried to be nice to them, I said: ‘Is it your birthday?’ or something and they started yelling at us and calling us homophobic names.

“Then my husband tried to record them and they stole his phone and took it inside the car.

“When they were trying to get it back they drove off, knocking him over and dragging our friend down the road and halfway around the corner.









“I chased after them and they got out of the car and had bottles and started fighting us.”

Rob suffered cuts to his head and hands, while Patrick was knocked unconscious and suffered cuts to his head and arm.



Rob was attacked and beaten with bottles
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Their friend, who is in her 20s, suffered an injury to her foot after being dragged by the vehicle.

Rob said they were taken to a safe space within the car park, where they were cleaned up and reported the attack to police.

They were then taken to the hospital for further treatment.







Police have urged people with information on their whereabouts get in touch, quoting log 552 of 15 August.

“You can call us on 101 or message us on Live Chat via our website” their press release said. “Or you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.



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