Appeal following homophobic attack in Bedford


A woman was punched and kicked in a hate-motivated attack which took place around 9pm in Bedford last Friday (April 1).

The woman had just left a convenience store in Cardington Road and turned into Mareth Road after when the attack happened. She was set upon by a group of four white men aged between 16 and 20 who made homophobic remarks, and then punched and kicked her, causing minor injuries to her face and body.

The offenders were all wearing jeans and jackets; three were around 5ft 4in while one was slightly taller.

Sergeant James Hart, hate crime tactical lead for the force, said: “This was a despicable attack against a woman who describes herself as openly lesbian, and is in no doubt that she was targeted because of her sexuality.

“The victim has been left extremely upset by this senseless assault, and we are committed to finding the people responsible so that they cannot continue to commit such hateful acts.

“Hate crime of any kind will not be tolerated and I would urge anyone who has any information about this incident to come forward.”

Call 101 with information quoting crime reference JH/13449/16, or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 with information.