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Vigil to be Held for Gay Liverpool Hate Crime Victim James Parkes

Twelve youths have been arrested so far in the anti-gay assault on 22-year-old police trainee James Parkes outside the Superstar Boudoir nightclub in Liverpool on Sunday:

BBC: Parkes "James Parkes, 22, was assaulted by up to 20 people outside Superstar Boudoir in Stanley Street on Sunday night. He suffered multiple skull fractures and is in a 'critical but stable' condition in hospital, police said. The boys, one aged 13, two aged 15 and two aged 16, were arrested overnight and bailed. Another boy, 15, was arrested earlier. Six others have been bailed. All 12 suspects, who are from Kirkdale, Anfield, Kensington, Fazakerley and Walton, were arrested on suspicion of assault. The 15-year-old is still being questioned by detectives."

Parkes' parents spoke out about the attack: "We want to thank the investigation team for all the work they are doing to catch the people involved in this vicious attack. We are really grateful for all the support that James has received since the attack, particularly from the gay community and the police. James has worked hard to serve the Merseyside community over the last two years as a Police Community Support Officer and is very excited to be at the start of his career as a police officer. We can't believe the ignorance of the young people who carried out the attack on someone who was just out on a night out with friends and had done nothing wrong. We are really keen that the young people involved in the attack are caught and bought to justice and would ask anyone who knows anything about the attack to contact the police."

A vigil is to be held at 8 pm on Sunday on Stanley Street where the attack took place. Hundreds are expected to attend.

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  1. Arresting so many people shows great police work now let's see them all be prosecuted to the fullest extent of English law!!

    Posted by: alexinboston | Oct 28, 2009 10:40:11 AM

  2. I pray for James to have a full and prompt recovery.

    Posted by: Felix | Oct 28, 2009 10:46:44 AM

  3. The great police work is to be commended, but one cannot help but wonder if the rapid response and resources devoted were due to the victim being "one of their own." One cannot help but wonder if the response would have been the same if it had just been some random gay 22 year old who was assaulted, rather than sometime starting his career as a police officer.

    Posted by: MiloTock | Oct 28, 2009 12:34:42 PM

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