Police have released CCTV images after a man was assaulted in a homophobic attack at Piccadilly Gardens.
The attack happened at about 1am on Saturday 1 November 2014 when the 25-year-old victim was on the tram travelling to Manchester and an argument began between him and another man. When the victim got off the tram at Manchester Piccadilly tram stop, the man followed him and shouted at him. The victim was then approached by a group of between 10 and 20 people and was punched and kicked until he lost consciousness and the group fled the scene.
Detective Constable Tim Greenwood of City Centre division said â€œWe are treating this as a homophobic assault, as the men made homophobic comments to the victim as they attacked him.
â€œThe attack was totally unprovoked and the message is clear: we simply will not tolerate it.
â€œThe victim was badly beaten and had to have stitches to his face, as a result of this vicious attack. He was understandably very distressed by what happened and specially trained officers have supported him.
â€œWe want to speak to the man and woman pictured in the CCTV images who may have vital information that would assist us with the investigation.
â€œI would urge anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information about what happened to contact police immediately.â€
If you have any information about the incident please call police on 0161 856 3229 or independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.