A couple was brutally beaten by a gang of men while walking down the street and holding hands.
18-year-old Max Green and his 21-year-old boyfriend, Ryan Winnard, were viciously attacked by a group of men wearing balaclavas and armed with a hammer.
As the couple revealed, the gang members showered them with homophobic slurs after seeing them holding hands in public.
In an attempt to end the confrontation, the pair walked away from the group only to be attacked by the cowards from behind.
During the shocking assault which took place on Tuesday evening in Radcliffe, England, the thugs hit Max in the back of his head before punching and hammering his boyfriend.
“Me and my boyfriend were heading home from his grandparents and as we were walking we could hear a group of lads. We were holding hands and they started shouting over at us calling us f*****s and gay boys,” Ryan recalled.
“We carried on walking as we had no intention of starting any confrontation with them.
“Before we knew it, there were around five to six lads dressed in balaclavas and gloves running at us.
“They started attacking us, punching and kicking us, and were hitting me in the knees with a hammer.”
As the victim added, the gang not only beat them up but also ran off with their personal items including bank cards and a mobile phone.
“I can remember hearing them telling Max to empty his pockets and to give them everything he had, they then all came to me and beat me up for my Canada Goose coat. They then took my phone, bag, shoes, bank cards, keys – all of my belongings,” Ryan added.
To make matters even worse for the pair, it allegedly took first responders as long as two hours to show up after the crime was reported.
Following the horrific ordeal, Ryan admitted feeling traumatized as he said he’ll probably never again be able to walk around his town freely while holding his partner’s hand.
“I don’t think I’ll ever, ever walk around Radcliffe again. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to hold my partner’s hand in the street again,” the 21-year-old added.
“I should be able to walk around and hold my boyfriend’s hand without fear of something like this happening. It’s one of those things that you never think would ever happen to you but now it has.”
As of this writing, the police have confirmed that “no arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.”
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