A 12-year-old boy has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a 'homophobic' attack on two men in Liverpool.
Merseyside Police said the boy had been held following an assault on two men in their 30s on Saturday night.
They said the men were approached by three male youths, who began making 'homophobic' insults.
One of the boys then produced a knife and assaulted the men.
One of the victims sustained “serious” injuries to his head and neck, while the second suffered a minor hand injury.
Detective inspector Tara Denn said the attack was “simply unacceptable”.
“This was an appalling and unprovoked attack on two men simply making their way home and we are working tirelessly to locate those responsible.
“Two men have been left with significant injuries tonight and the hate and violence that has been inflicted on them is simply unacceptable and won’t be tolerated”.
She said police will do all they can to “bring those responsible to justice”.
“There is absolutely no place for hate crime in society and we know how much of a massive impact it has on victims,” she said.
“I want to reach out to the LBGT community, who I know will be deeply saddened by this news and reassure you that we stand with you.”
Police are continuing to search for the two other youths.