Homophobic incident in Jesmond

27 Sep 2016 13:55 PM

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a homophobic incident in Jesmond.

Around 7:15pm on Sunday, September 4, homophobic comments were shouted by the occupant of a car as it passed two men who were walking down in Osborne Road.

The car is believed to be a blue VW Polo style vehicle and enquiries to locate the driver are ongoing.

Officers are appealing for anyone with any information into the incident to contact them on 101 quoting reference number 918 04/09/16 and are encouraging anyone who suffers any similar incidents to report them to police.

Below is a statement from the victim of this offence, he said:

"When the incident first occurred, I was shocked more than anything. It came out of nowhere, and I didn't really know what to do.

"Honestly, at first I wasn't sure if I was doing the right thing by reporting it to the police. I was worried that I was overreacting or that it wouldn't be taken seriously.

"However, once I'd dialled 101, and spoken to someone, I knew I'd done the right thing. Everyone from Northumbria Police that I've spoken to since has been really understanding.

"The sad reality is that this type of incident is probably more common than I realised - and that's not ok.  This isn't something anyone should 'just have to put up with'.

"In order to challenge this sort of behaviour, it's really important that these kinds of crimes get reported. Even so, it can still be hard to talk about incidents of abusive or antisocial behaviour.

"People should feel confident that the police will take their concerns seriously, and feel safe to speak to out if they have experienced homophobic or any other form of abuse."


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