A 12-year-old boy has been arrested over an “appalling” homophobic attack on two men which left one seriously hurt.
The married couple had been out for drinks at a pub in Anfield on Saturday, the Liverpool Echo reports, when they were confronted by a group.
The men in their 30s were insulted by three youths, thought to be between 12 and 15 years old.
Merseyside Police said the boy was held on suspicion of homophobic aggravated assault.
The force said the men were walking down Manningham Road at about 9.20pm when they were approached by three male youths.
The youths made homophobic insults before one of them produced a knife and assaulted the men.
One of the victims sustained injuries to his head and neck, described as serious but non-life threatening, while the second sustained a minor hand injury.
Both were taken to hospital for treatment and were left shaken by the incident, police said.
Detective Inspector Tara Denn said: “This was an appalling and unprovoked attack on two men simply making their way home and we are working tirelessly to locate those responsible.
“Two men have been left with significant injuries tonight and the hate and violence that has been inflicted on them is simply unacceptable and won’t be tolerated on the streets of Merseyside.”
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She added at the time: “I want to reach out to the LBGT community, who I know will be deeply saddened by this news, and reassure you that we stand with you and if you report such incidents to the police, we will do our utmost to support and protect you and bring those responsible to justice.
“We are passionate about maintaining the right of all our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect, and by working closely with our partners will continue to work to eradicate hate crime of all forms.
“Victims can report directly to the police where experienced hate crime officers will treat them with sensitivity and compassion, or via third party reporting centres in fire stations, citizen advice bureaus and hospitals where the information will be passed on.”
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