Page last updated at 09:12 GMT, Friday, 30 October 2009

Safety advice after gay Pc attack

James Parkes
Mr Parkes was leaving Superstar Boudoir when he was attacked

Police and charity volunteers are visiting Liverpool's gay quarter to reassure the community following a homophobic attack on a trainee Pc.

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

Staff from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation (LGF) will be in the Stanley Street area on Friday night to talk to people about community safety.

A candlelit vigil for victims of hate crime is also taking place in London.

The event at Trafalgar Square is being held in memory of Ian Baynham, 62, who died after a homophobic attack in London.

Tributes will also be paid to Mr Parkes, who suffered multiple skull fractures and remains in hospital.

'Wake up' call

Charity volunteers in Liverpool will be offering reassurance following the attack and distributing copies of their personal safety booklet.

It includes tips on personal safety, information on how you report a hate crime and organisations that act as third party hate crime reporting centres.

Stanley Street
Stanley Street is popular with Liverpool's gay community

Chief executive Paul Martin said: "We have to wake up to homophobic hate crime. How many more attacks do there have to be before this issue is taken seriously?

"We must work together to encourage everyone to be vigilant and report hate crimes and incidents, as there has to be an absolute zero tolerance to homophobia wherever it occurs.

"Crimes of this type are being brought to our attention more frequently than ever before and we have to work together to eradicate homophobia once and for all from our society."

Twelve youths have been arrested by Merseyside Police and released on bail during the inquiry.

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

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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