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    asm249 wrote:
    I agree that it could be anyone regardless of race or sexuality. I am regularly threatened by groups of youth (even during the day). The common denominator is that there are more of them than me. It is an adult form of playground bullying.
    You're absolutely right. No more than playground bullying. Except there are regularly not teachers to supervise the "children" and stop it.

    I know the Kemptown, Grove Hill, Queens Park, Ashton Rise and Grand Parade area very well as I both live and work around these areas. There are many, many cameras around the area belonging to both private and council run areas. Although this is of small comfort after the event, I hope that the perpetrators of this terrible act of violence will be brought to justice.

    And for all those that complain "Oh, I was beaten up once and then the Police threatened me" wise up.
    I've seen people being beaten up and it does go on. Let me give you a classic example of one of the many times I've seen this go on.
    In my opinion, both parties were drunk. One wound up the other and it went from there. They were not angry or giving any grief to any other person on the street apart from themselves. Although I was off duty at the time, if it had escalated to anything more serious I would have felt the human factor and tried to reason with them to stop it escalating to violence. I am NOT a have a go hero.
    Nothing happened apart from the Police saw it on the cameras, came over and tried to talk with them both. Both were arrested and then directed their anger towards the Police who were not taking any of their flailing fists and had no choice but to arrest them.

    You see this so often on TV prgrammes from around the country when you get some bigmouth who thinks they're above the law, spouting off a tirade of abuse and when the Police even go near them (cameras or not) start screaming saying "OH, THAT HURTS. STOP HURTING ME" even though they've probably just kicked 7 bells out of someone.

    NO sympathy for those people in their current attitude whatsoever. Be it verbal or physical bullying, nobody deserves to be treated like this at any point.

    Wherever people are, there will be bullies, there will be people out for an argument, there will be violent people. I'm just one cog in a very large part of Brighton trying to put a stop to it."
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Brighton couple devastated by homophobic attack

The Argus: Tony Minion and Graham Munday of Brighton were victims of what is believed to be a homophobic assault Tony Minion and Graham Munday of Brighton were victims of what is believed to be a homophobic assault

A gang battered a gay couple in a “horrific” homophobic assault as they made their way home after a night out.

Graham Munday, 42, and his partner Tony Minion, 52, told how they were kicked and punched in the head by five youths as they walked hand in hand through Brighton in the early hours of Saturday morning (December 15).

The incident comes ten years after Mr Munday was left with a broken nose after a similar homophobic attack.

Speaking to The Argus, he said: “It was horrible. You don’t expect that kind of thing to happen any more, especially in Brighton.

“It’s been nearly ten years since I was first attacked and I thought that things had changed. I’m just devastated.”

The couple were making their way back to their Grove Hill flat, in Brighton, following a night out in Kemp Town.

At around 2.30am they walked past the Blind Tiger Club on Grand Parade when five youths approached them.

'Terrifying'

Mr Munday, whose voice was trembling as he relived the horrific attack, said: “They started shouting homophobic abuse at us.

“Then they started punching.

“It was just terrifying, there was nothing we could do.”

His partner, Mr Minion added: “There were too many of them and they just knocked me to the floor.

“I couldn’t get up and then they started kicking me in the back and the head.

“There was a group of people nearby who just stood there and did nothing, that’s the worst thing about it.”

Distressed

The couple dialled 999 and officers were on the scene in minutes.

The men are described as white, in their twenties and wearing casual clothes.

Bloodied and suffering from shock, the couple rushed to the safety of a nearby friend’s house.

Mike Nelson, 49, who was woken by the sound of the doorbell, opened the front door to see his pals in a terrible state.

He said: “They were both extremely distressed and had a number of cuts and bruises.

“I sat them down, patched them up and gave them a cup of tea.”

“Graham was attacked a few years ago and he’s just devastated that this has happened again.

“He isn’t someone who shows a lot of public affection so this will really knock his confidence.”

'Better education'

Mr Munday, who works in mediation, appeared on the front page of The Argus back in 2002 when he was set upon by a gang of youths just a couple of roads away on Ashton Rise.

On that occasion, the then 32-year-old was left with a broken nose and two black eyes.

He added: “It’s just really upsetting that this can still happen.

“I don’t think the law is a problem, that’s all in place. There needs to be better education for people like this.”

Police are investigating the incident and anyone who witnessed the attack or has any information should contact them on 101.

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