Couple left covered in blood after being abused and battered with bottles in homophobic attack as cops hunt three men

COPS are looking for three men following an "outrageous" and "shocking" homophobic attack in Birmingham's gay village.

Officers wish to speak with Sohail Khan, 24, Mosin Mahmood, 31, and Ishaaq Ayaz, 21, all from Birmingham, after two men were abused and then attacked with bottles.

The attack took place in the early hours of the morning on Sunday, August 15 after Rob and his husband Patrick were abused by the occupants of a passing car on Bromsgrove Street near the city centre.

Patrick was knocked unconscious and Rob beaten with bottles when the vehicle stopped after he chased it.

Rob suffered cuts to his head and hands, while Patrick was knocked unconscious and suffered cuts to his head and arm.

Their friend, who is in her 20s, suffered an injury to her foot after being dragged by the vehicle.

West Midlands Police said extensive enquiries have taken place, including analysis of CCTV footage and witness statements, and it can now name the men.

Sergeant Marc Petford said: "We have already completed a number of arrest attempts for the men; I would encourage them to hand themselves in and speak to us.

"This was a shocking homophobic attack on two men enjoying a night-out in our city.

"It's outrageous and we're determined to bring to justice the people responsible."

Police are urging anyone with information on the men's whereabouts to get in touch, quoting log 552 of August 15.

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