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Bristol homophobic attack left victim in hospital

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Image caption The victim was verbally assaulted before being punched in the face

A man has been punched in the face in a homophobic attack.

The 19-year-old victim was verbally abused in Park Street, Bristol, by two men before one punched him in the face.

PC Leanne Weeks said: "This was an extremely unpleasant and unprovoked assault on a man who was targeted because of his sexuality.

"It's hard to understand how and why someone would do this and we'd urge people to come forward and help us if they can."

CCTV footage is being reviewed from the scene close to College Green and the OMG nightclub at 04:00 BST Sunday.

Image caption The attack happened near the OMG nightclub in Bristol

The victim was treated at Bristol Royal Infirmary for injuries to his face.

The man who carried out the assault is described as white, of slim build, in his early 20s, with light brown hair in a quiff style.

He was wearing a baby blue long-sleeved shirt and black skinny jeans.

The man who was with him, who used homophobic language, is described as white, of a similar age, around 6ft, with dark brown hair also in a quiff style and a beard.

He was wearing a dark long-sleeved shirt and black jeans.

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