“It was horrendous, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
It has been reported that a gang of men have attacked a group of lesbians on a night out in Portsmouth. The crime is believed to be homophobic in nature.
The women, who are aged between 23 and 32, were enjoying an evening out at the Blue Anchor pub. They left in high spirits singing “I’m In The Mood For Dancing”. But then a group of men started shouting homophobic abuse at them.
Five of the women have sustained injuries. One woman was punched so hard, seven of her teeth fell out and her jaw was fractured. Another woman was left “bleeding and fitting” and a third was terrified she would be killed.
The women, who prefer to remain unidentified, spoke to The News in an effort to bring the men to justice. They spoke of how one woman was pummelled on her chest by seven men.
Her friend said:
“They would not stop hitting her. There was children there and the women were begging them to stop. It was like a riot from their side.”
The sister of one of the victims told The News:
“The men had got off the girls but they were still hitting the older woman, I’d say at least 20 or 30 times. I turned around and one was stamping on a woman’s head. I had to beg for them to stop. Another girl was fitting on the floor. It was horrendous, I’ve never seen anything like it. I’ve had nightmares.”
“It wasn’t until they heard the sirens that they threw her and ran off. They dropped her like she was nothing and ran back into the club.”
A spokeswoman for the Hampshire police has confirmed that they are currently investigating “an altercation between two groups at about 11.25pm on April 16”.
The News reports that three twenty-something men from London were arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
However, all these men have now been released but the investigation continues.