Norwich pub landlords who were victims of homophobic attack “so touched” by messages of support from around the world

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

Tuesday, December 24, 2013
12:16 PM

The landlords of a Norwich pub who were the victims of a homophobic attack have said they have been overwhelmed with support from around the world.

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

Jesse Charlebois and David Hayes were punched and kicked by the gang of 15 men after they asked them to leave the Kings pub at about 5.30pm on Saturday evening.

They closed the pub, in King Street, off Prince of Wales Road, yesterday, but said they would be open today, Christmas Eve.

They 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 in the New Year to raise awareness of the issue.

In a statement on their Facebook page on Monday, they said: “Jesse & Davie and all of us here at Kings have been so touched and amazed at the messages, support, sympathy, love and good old fashioned Christmas Spirit we have received in the last 48 hours (has it been that long?).

“We’re closed today but we are open again on Christmas Eve and there will... be some lovely food and bubbly and mulled wine and festive cheer so come on down. Then we’re taking a few days off.

“Please keep sharing the EDP article that we will post the link to below. Jesse will be on BBC Radio Norfolk tonight at 5:30. No need for those thugs to get any sleep over Christmas right? The more we spread the word the faster they will get locked up!

“Finally THANK YOU! Our phones, facebooks, messengers have not stopped bleeping, ringing and vibrating all day and we feel stronger and better for it. We wish all of you a merry and safe festive period what ever you’re celebrating and who ever you celebrate with. Mwah!”

Police said they are examining CCTV footage, and enquiries are continuing.

They have made an appeal for information from anyone who witnessed the attack or anyone who may have seen the group of men either before or after the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Paul Collins at Norwich CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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