Man knocked unconscious by thugs who asked if he’s been to gay club before launching brutal attack

Police are searching for two thugs who attacked an unnamed victim in a violent homophobic attack while he was on his way home from a gay bar.

The victim, who is described as a man in his 40s, was attacked on 9 December as he was returning home from a night out at the Flying Handbag, a gay venue in Blackpool.

The man was walking along Palatine Road when he was approached by two men sometime between 2 and 2.30am. The men asked if he had visited the Flying Handbag and if he was gay before violently hitting him in the side of the head, causing him to lose consciousness.

Lancashire Police are now searching for the perpetrators of the homophobic attack, who are described as white men, aged between 20 and 40-years-old and between 5ft 7ins and 5ft 9ins tall.

Detective constable Paul Edmondson of Blackpool CID said the police are keen to talk to anyone who had witnessed the attack or who could have CCTV in the nearby area which could have captured vital evidence.

“This is a serious attack that caused the victim to lose consciousness,” Edmondson added.

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