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'Homophobic' assault: Police hunt attackers after victim beaten unconscious

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Image caption Police want to speak to the woman and man pictured in this CCTV picture

Police have released CCTV images of two people they want to speak to after a man was beaten unconscious in an attack they are describing as "homophobic".

The assault happened at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester city centre in the early hours of 1 November.

Jean Claude Manseau, 25, was on a tram to Manchester when an argument broke out between him and another man.

When he got off the tram he was punched and kicked by a group of up to 20 people, who then fled the scene.

Det Con Tim Greenwood said the attack had been "totally unprovoked".

He added: "We are treating this as a homophobic assault, as the men made homophobic comments to the victim as they attacked him.

"We want to speak to the man and woman pictured in the CCTV images who may have vital information that would assist us with the investigation."

It is believed Mr Manseau and a friend were subjected to taunts after the pair sang show tunes on board the tram.

Following the assault, hundreds of people - led by the Manchester Lesbian & Gay Chorus - took part in a mass singalong on trams as a protest.

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