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Man charged after 'hate' attack

A man has been charged in connection with what police describe as a "homophobic hate crime" attack that left a youth in a critical condition.

The 18-year-old victim was walking along Tarbuck Road in Huyton with two friends on Friday morning when three youths assaulted them.

The teenager, from Huyton, was taken to hospital where he remains critical.

A 19-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm and is due before Knowsley magistrates on Tuesday.

An 18-year-old man, from the Prescot area, who was also arrested in connection with the attack has been released on police bail pending further inquiries. A third man is being sought.

A spokesperson for Merseyside Police said: "The incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime.

"We are asking anyone with any information regarding this matter to contact us."

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