James Parkes, his partner and friends had been for a night out on Sunday and as they left a club in Stanley Street, in the heart of Liverpool's gay community, he was set upon by a group of between thirteen and twenty thugs, yes thugs and bloody cowards, aged only 14 to 17 who beat him so much he has a fractured skull and cheekbone and fighting for his life in hospital.
What was James' crime last Sunday - nothing more than the fact he is gay!
James is just 22, and a trainee police officer and just starting out at the beginning of an exciting career.
Just 22, and attacked by thirteen thugs, for crying out loud, the guy did nothing wrong and what will happen to these thugs when they are caught, if anything? Let us hope the British Justice system gets it right, it often doesn't.
Thankfully there was CCTV there so let us hope the Police can catch all of these morons.
I still question what their parents knew of there whereabouts, I was lucky growing up, my Mum was very disciplined in what time I should be home, knowing where I was and who I was with - and god help me if she caught me out lol, which she did every time, up to the age of 18.
Do I regret it? Not one little bit.
So to the parents of Liverpool, ask yourself this question, where were your kids on Sunday night, did they come home with any blood on them or their clothes, think back, did they give some weird reason why they had a little blood on them?
What about the next day at school, did anyone hear someone boasting about this?
Anyone who witnessed the attack should call St Anne’s Street CID on 0151 777 4064 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 and let's get these thugs off the street, it could be your son or daughter they attack next!
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