'Homophobic' attack outside Oxford pub

Police say an unprovoked attack on a man near Oxford city centre was "homophobic-related".

The 22-year-old victim was pushed to the ground and punched in the face as he stood smoking a cigarette outside the Castle Tavern, in Paradise Street, at 2235 BST on Wednesday.

His attacker is described as white, 5ft 8ins and in his mid 20s. He is said to be muscular with short brown hair.

The assailant was wearing a dark grey T-shirt with a flag on the front.

'Homophobic abuse'

He ran from the scene down Old Greyfriars Street along with another man, who was also white with a pasty complexion and aged in his early 20s.

Thames Valley Police said he was described as about 5ft 11ins, with blond hair, and was wearing a dirty cream jacket and carrying a white carrier bag.

Pc Sarah Piddington said the pair shouted homophobic abuse at the victim and his friends before the attack.

She added: "This was a completely unprovoked attack. This type of behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated."

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