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Man held after ‘brutal’ Birmingham Gay Village attack – as police search continues

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A man has been arrested over a “brutal” attack in Birmingham’s Gay Village, with a police search continuing for two other suspects.

The attack happened in the early hours of the morning last Sunday.

A group of men hurled homophobic at Rob and his husband Patrick from a passing car, before grabbing one of their mobile phones and attacking them with bottles, knocking one unconscious and leaving the other with cuts.

Police are searching for Ishaaq Ayaz (left) and Sohail Khan in connection with the attack in Birmingham's Gay Village. Pic West Midlands Police
Image: Police are searching for Ishaaq Ayaz (left) and Sohail Khan

West Midlands Police said on Sunday that one of three suspects had been arrested on suspicion of wounding.

But detectives are still searching for two men – Sohail Khan, 24, and Ishaaq Ayaz, 21 – both from Birmingham.

They are suspected to have been involved in the assault on Rob and Patrick.

Sergeant Marc Petford said: “We’ve had a good response to our appeal and I’m grateful for people sharing it far and wide.

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“This was a brutal attack and we need to find the people responsible.

“One man has been arrested following our appeal and I would encourage the other two to follow suit and also come and speak to us.”

Rob suffered cuts during the attack, which happened on 15 August in the early hours of the morning. Pic Twitter/@LindaRiley8
Image: Rob suffered cuts in the attack. Pic: @LindaRiley8

West Midlands Police said: “If you know where they are please get in touch. You can call us on 101 or message us on Live Chat via our website. Or you can call the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

“Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to get in touch, quoting log 552 of 15 August.”