|Two Battle teenagers have each been ordered to pay £100 compensation to the victim of a homophobic assault in the town’s High Street on 14 March this year.
The pair, aged 15 and 16, and who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared before Eastbourne Youth Court on Wednesday, 3 September.
Both had earlier pleaded guilty. They were also each ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15, costs of £85 and made the subject of a referral order with the Youth Offending Panel.
Sergeant Peter Allan, Sussex Police’s hate crime sergeant, said: “I am pleased that both boys accepted responsibility for their actions.
“This sentence sends out a clear signal that we will take a robust approach to those who target individuals based on their race, disability, gender identity, religion or sexual orientation.
“I hope this case will encourage other victims of hate crime to report such behaviour to police by calling 01273 470101, or 999 in an emergency. For those wishing to make a report online, use form http://bit.ly/1fTDYJh which is available on our website.”