Two gay men, aged 21 and 37, were walking along Heap lane towards Bradford city centre at around 7.30pm when the mob of 15 men and women began verbally abusing them.
DI Ian Bryar of Bradford South police said the couple were "very shocked and upset " and confirmed the incident was being treated as homophobic.Police say the gang grabbed items from a nearby skip to fashion makeshift weapons and attacked them following the verbal abuse.
He said: "This was an unprovoked attack on two men walking towards the City centre. Because of the language used by the group towards the victims I believe that this attack was based on the men's sexuality and is therefore being treated as a homophobic hate crime.
Both men were treated for head injuries that required hospital treatment but were described as not serious.
You can only describe these 15 people as cowards, the fact they needed to create a gang of 15 to attack 2 people is nothing short of cowardly. I hope that if the attackers families or friends know or suspect it may be them they will go to the police.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Bradford South police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
I wish the two guys in Bradford all the very best and a speedy recovery.