Police are appealing for information following an attack on a 20-year-old man which left him with serious injuries, requiring skin grafts.
At around 3am in the morning on Wednesday 20th July, the victim was walking through the grounds of Holy Trinity Church on Yarm Lane, Stockton, in an area known locally as ‘The Chuggy’.
A group of four men then confronted him and began questioning the victim about his sexual orientation. He ignored them and continued onto Parliament Street. One of the men then approached him from behind and sprayed an aeorsol can at the victim’s legs which he then set alight, causing burns to the victim’s calves.
The men then made off towards Yarm Lane.
The man who lit the aersol is described as white, in his early 20s, medium build, with short blonde hair. He was bear chested and wearing joging bottoms.
The victim attended North Tees University Hospital where he received treatment to his burns, which were serious and required skin grafts
Officers are treating this as a homophobic hate crime and are asking anyone with information to come forward and call PC Graeme Allinson of Stockton Police on 101.