A man was verbally attacked in Bristol during a suspected homophobic hate crime. A man was witnessed verbally abusing another man, using offensive homophobic language, in Broad Quay.

Police are looking to identify both the perpetrator and the victim of the attack, who has not come forward to report the incident. PC James Mullins, who is leading the investigation, said: “A police employee witnessed this incident taking place and was concerned for the safety of the man being abused.

They called 999 and officers attended within minutes but by then both parties had left the area. We’ve carried out enquiries to try and identify those involved but these have so far been unsuccessful.

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“We believe the man in the image we’re now releasing could help us progress our investigation and we’d ask anyone who knows who he is to contact us.”

If anyone witnessed the incident, or has information which may help officers, call 101 and give the call handler the reference number 5224152004 .

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