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More held over homophobic attack

James Parkes
A candlelit vigil is to be held by the city's gay community for Mr Parkes

Six more youths have been arrested over a homophobic attack on a trainee police officer in Liverpool city centre.

James Parkes, 22, was assaulted by up to 20 people outside Superstar Boudoir in Stanley Street on Sunday night.

He suffered multiple skull fractures and is in a "critical but stable" condition in hospital, police said.

The boys, one aged 13, two aged 15 and two aged 16, were arrested overnight and bailed. Another boy, 15, was arrested earlier.

Six others have been bailed.

Studying CCTV footage

All 12 suspects, who are from Kirkdale, Anfield, Kensington, Fazakerley and Walton, were arrested on suspicion of assault.

The 15-year-old is still being questioned by detectives.

Mr Parkes was attacked as he left the bar with his male partner and two friends at 2200 GMT.

He previously worked as a community support officer before joining Merseyside Police as a trainee officer in May.

Officers are still reviewing CCTV footage from a number of bars on Stanley Street.

The city's gay community have organised a candlelit vigil to take place at the scene of the attack on Sunday evening.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend.

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