Homophobic hate crime attack report may have been false, say police

Police investigating a reported hate crime attack say the incident may have been falsely reported.

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Officers issued an appeal after reports two gay women had been beaten up by a 20-strong gang at a Sunderland chip shop.

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The crime was alleged to have taken place on Burdon Lane in the city at 9.15pm and was reported as a group of youngsters attacking a female couple and using homophobic language.

Sunderland Superintendent Jim Napier said: “I would like to thank those people who came forward in response to this appeal.

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