Youngster beaten in homophobic attack in Northampton

A 20-year-old man has been beaten up by three men in a homophobic assault in Northamptonshire, police have said.

The man was followed while walking to the BP petrol station at Westbridge, Northampton, between 23:00 GMT and 23:30 GMT on Thursday.

The group asked him about his sexuality before punching and kicking him to the head, police said.

The victim needed treatment at Northampton General Hospital.

Police said the man suffered "cuts and bruises" and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information about the attackers to come forward.

The first attacker has been described as white, 6ft (1.82m) tall of heavy build and aged in his early 20s with a skinhead haircut. He was wearing a grey cardigan which had thin red stripes.

The second was white, 5ft 6in (1.67m) tall, of slim build and aged in his late teens with spiked blond hair. He was wearing a light-coloured top.

The third was white, 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, of medium build and aged in his early 20s. He was wearing a dark grey jumper and light-coloured trousers.

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