A MAN at a petrol station in Waterloo was the victim of a sickening homophobic attack when he was punched from behind and had his head stamped on.
The victim, aged in his 40s, was buying alcohol from the Shell Garage, on Crosby Road North at around 12.30am on Thursday, January 30 when he was assaulted by a man.
Police are describing it as a hate crime after he was also subjected to homophobic abuse by his attacker, who left the scene in a private hire taxi along with a female.
Members of the public helped the victim and after he was taken home by a taxi he went to hospital for treatment to his injuries.
Police have so far been unable to use CCTV footage so they are appealing for anyone to come forward who may have captured the attack on a dashcam, witnessed it first hand or has any other information.
Detective Constable Jaclyn Rainford said: “This was a disgraceful, unprovoked attack on a man who had been out for a meal and was on the way home when he stopped at the petrol station.
“Were you in the petrol station or nearby when this happened?
“We want to speak to all of those members of the public who kindly came to the victim’s assistance but would also ask that anyone with dashcam can check and see if they captured the suspect.
“Our enquiries to trace the taxi are ongoing but your information might be vital.
“There is no place in our society for hate crime and Merseyside Police is committed to maintaining the right of all our communities to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.
“It is vital that we give our support to anyone who believes they have been subjected to abuse or left in fear because of who they are.”
Anyone with dashcam or other footage is asked to send it via via @MerPolCC, 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.