Two victims of homophobic attacks have slammed police for telling them not to go out alone.
Tristan Gillet, 21, and Bradley Hunt, 25, have both been subjected to hate crimes while living in Warwickshire – and say officers need to do more to protect LGBTQ people.
Mr Gillet, a shop worker, was left with two black eyes and broken nose after being brutally beaten in Kenilworth’s Abbey Fields.
Police arrested two men, who are now currently on bail following the attack.
But Mr Gillet described the advice from officers as ‘less than helpful’, claiming that they warned him not to go out by himself.
He told the Coventry Observer: ‘I am disgusted with the police, they are not doing enough. All they said to me was I should not go out of the house alone.’
Mr Hunt, a former X Factor contestant, says he has been attacked several times in his hometown of Leamington, including being spat at and kicked.Police van 'dumped' across four parking spaces in council car park
During one vicious incident, three homophobic men left him with damaged teeth, a black eye and cuts to his nose, cheekbone, and forehead.
He was once given a panic alarm by the police, but insists they need to do more to combat the rise in attacks.
Police statistics in Warwickshire show there were 94 crimes against LGBTQ people in 2018 – compared to just 24 in 2013.
Supt Mike Smith said: ‘Warwickshire is a diverse place to live and the majority of people embrace this diversity. We are committed to playing our part in ensuring the county is a safe place to live, work and visit for everyone.
‘There are a small number who victimise people because of who they are – this is wrong and we are committed to addressing it.
‘It is disappointing the victims in these incidents felt they did not receive the high standard of service we aim for and we would welcome the opportunity to talk to them about their experience and address their concerns.’