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No-one charged over gay trainee Pc Liverpool attack

James Parkes
James Parkes suffered a fractured skull but left hospital on Friday

A gang of teenagers held in connection with a homophobic attack on a trainee Pc will not face any charges.

James Parkes was left critically injured after being set upon by up to 20 people outside a gay bar on Stanley Street, Liverpool, in October 2009.

Detectives arrested 15 youths during the inquiry but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has now decided there is insufficient evidence to charge them.

Two of the boys, aged 15 and 16, have had their bail cancelled.

Detectives are now reviewing evidence in the case and say some of the other 13 suspects may now be re-interviewed.

Pc Parkes, then aged 22, was on a night out with friends at the Superstar Boudoir club on 25 October when he was attacked.

The investigation into the assault is ongoing and all the evidence is being reviewed
Merseyside Police spokeswoman

As the group left the club they were abused by a gang who then chased them and launched the attack.

He suffered multiple skull fractures, fractures of his eye-socket and cheek bone and spent weeks in hospital.

"The investigation into the assault is ongoing and all the evidence is being reviewed," said a force spokeswoman.

"As a result of this review, it might be necessary for the police to re-interview the same suspects or other people in connection with the incident.

"Further lines of enquiry will be sought and every effort is being made to bring those responsible for this attack to justice.

"Homophobic hate crime is unacceptable and Merseyside Police continue to work hard to ensure that any offenders are bought to justice."

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