CCTV images have been released after three young people were attacked and robbed in Liverpool city centre.
The victims were reportedly punched, had a plastic bottle thrown at them and one of them had their mobile phone stolen by a larger group of male and female youths, on Roe Street, outside the One Below shop.
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Two of the victims suffered minor injuries during the incident.
Following initial CCTV enquiries, a 15-year-old girl from Seaforth was arrested on suspicion of assault and robbery.
She was bailed and remains under investigation pending further enquiries.
Detectives have today released further images of people they believe may have information about the attack.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Speight said: “It is completely and utterly despicable to think that people could be the target of verbal and physical abuse simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
“Alongside our partners at LCR Pride and the Michael Causer Foundation, Merseyside Police stands against hate crime perpetrated against LGBT+ people, and we will not tolerate people being targeted in this way.
“We have stepped up patrols and introduced a mobile police station in Liverpool city centre to tackle such hate crimes and to listen to concerns, and will continue to do everything in our power to protect LGBT+ people from harm and ensure those who commit acts of hatred towards them are brought to justice.
“I am appealing to anyone featured in these images, or anyone who recognises them, to come forward. We believe they could hold information that could prove vital to our continuing enquiries into this incident.
“You can come forward directly or anonymously via Crimestoppers - however you choose to let us know, please come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Merseyside Police via Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook Merseyside Police CC with reference 21000314655 .
You can also call 101 or contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form here
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