New appeal two weeks after homophobic Norwich pub attack

Kings landlord Jesse Charlebois was assaulted by a gang of men who came into his Norwich pub.
PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY Kings landlord Jesse Charlebois was assaulted by a gang of men who came into his Norwich pub. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Peter Walsh Crime correspondent peter.walsh@archant.co.uk
Saturday, January 4, 2014
6:59 AM

A fresh appeal for information has been launched two weeks after landlords of a Norwich pub were punched and kicked by 15 men in a horrific homophobic attack.

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Jesse Charlebois, 34, and David Hayes, 26, were punched and kicked by a gang of 15 men after they had asked them to leave the Kings pub on Saturday, December 21.

A Norfolk police spokesman said: “We’ve spoken to a number of individuals and inquiries are ongoing. No arrests have been made at this stage.

“We would urge anyone with information to contact Norwich CID.”

The spokesman added that 
officers were continuing to “examine” CCTV in order to identify perpetrators of the attack which happened at the venue in King Street, off Prince of Wales Road, at about 5.30pm.

The landlords have said that since the assault they have received messages of support from as far away as France, Australia and Florida, and are planning an anti-homophobia party to raise awareness of the 
issue.

In a statement, Norwich Pride, which organises an annual gay parade in the city, urged people to unite in condemning the attack and to send a message of solidarity and support to the landlords.

The statement said: “Norwich Pride is shocked and angered by the horrific level of violence perpetrated in the homophobic attack.

“We condemn outright such violence and call on the authorities to take every effort to catch the attackers.

“One of the key aims of Norwich Pride is to ensure that Norwich is a safe city where everyone is able to be themselves.

“Every year at the end of July thousands of people join the Pride parade and participate in events across the city to celebrate our diverse cultures and people of all sexual orientations.

“We need to continue to work together to ensure this remains the case.”

The landlords said they had been overwhelmed with the support from around the world.

Anyone with information should call Norwich CID on 101.

Have you got a crime story? Call Peter Walsh on 01603 772436.

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