Two men were left with blood after a homophobic attack in Birmingham’s Gay Village after being hit and cut with glass bottles, police said.
Husbands Rob and Patrick, both in their thirties, were assaulted outside the Missing Bar on Bromsgrove Street in the early hours of Sunday morning.
West Midlands Police said they were investigating the “horrific hate crime” that left the couple with cuts to the head, hands and arms.
Rob told I newspaper that four men in an SUV shouted homophobic nonsense at him and his husband after jokingly asking them if it was their birthday when he claimed “they inhaled all the balloons”.
He added that the men stole Patrick’s phone out of his hand and knocked him unconscious as he tried to record the incident.
A friend in his 20s tried to pick up the phone and was dragged “halfway down the street,” said Rob, whose last name was not specified. Police said the woman sustained a foot injury after being pulled by the car.
Rob chased the men and was later joined by Patrick, he said, both of whom were hit by the men, including with glass bottles.
They were treated for their injuries at Birmingham City hospital.
West Midlands Police said the men in the car were described as being of Middle Eastern or Asian appearance.
Inspector Steve Lloyd said in a statement that the force worked “incredibly hard” to find those responsible.
“This was an absolutely horrible attack and robbery on people just trying to enjoy an evening out in the city center,” he said.
“They suffered a bit of homophobic abuse before they were physically injured, and we are working incredibly hard to find those responsible.
“We will work closely with businesses in the area and Southside BID to assure them that we take this horrific hate crime very seriously.”