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Officers investigating a hate crime where two men were assaulted and subjected to homophobic abuse in Chelmsford, are appealing for witnesses.
At around 1.20am on Sunday January 26, three men were walking along Moulsham Street in the direction of the city centre, when they were approached by two other men.
The men were described as white, of medium build and aged in their early 20s.
One of the men was described as being around 6ft tall and was wearing a grey top, while the other man was described as being around 5ft 7ins tall and dressed in dark clothing.
An altercation took place and two men aged in their late 20s and early 30s were assaulted.
“The victims believe they were targeted due to their sexuality as two of them were holding hands” said Investigating Officer PC Martin Brown.
“We’d like to speak to anyone who was in the area around the time and witnessed the assault or anyone matching these descriptions.
“Those with information are asked to call Chelmsford Local Policing Team on 101, quoting reference 42/13694/20.”
Information can also be given anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org