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<b>Monday, Oct 26:</b> Gay man fights for life after street attack; Death of political journalist Ian Craig and more

Published on October 26th 2009.

A GAY man is critically ill after a vicious gang beating by up to 13 youths in Liverpool city centre. The 22-year–old was attacked at 10pm last night when out with three friends on Stanley Street.

He is currently in hospital with multiple skull fractures, a fractured eye socket and a fractured cheek bone.

Three youths, two aged 15 and another aged 14, from Kirkdale have been arrested in connection with the incident.

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Sir Howard WayOctober 26th 2009.

What were these underaged children doing unsupervised in Stanley Street at 10pm? Surely the police and the CCTV cameras could spot a thirteen-strong gang of teenaged boys making a nuisance of themselves in an adult drinking area when they ought to have been getting ready for bed?As they are going to get off with it because of their ages, might I suggest that the criminally negligent parents or guardians are rounded up NOW and publicly paraded for the cameras? It won't hurt such people, they are incapable of feeling shame or remorse.

AnonymousOctober 26th 2009.

Appalling attack. Ashamed to come from Liverpool

80sActivistOctober 26th 2009.

Ian Craig was a good man, but was very much a close ally of the Liberals when it was ruled by Trevor Jones and David Alton.

London RoadOctober 26th 2009.

Poor boy. It makes me really worry about bringing up my children in not just this, but in any city in the UK. The story is now the most read in the whole of BBC News Online.

DigOctober 26th 2009.

Where were all the Stanley Street bouncers while this attack was happening? These pack animals are cowards when it comes to anybody bigger than themselves. One swift dig to one or 2 of the lead scumbags would have ended the attack faster than it started. I can't believe in a street as busy as Stanley Street nobody tried to help the poor lad.

PYCOctober 26th 2009.

No Sean, the city (like many others) pays lip service to diversity and celebrates, at least in an official capacity, when convenient or a good photo opportunity. One of the first things to go in the recent wave of council cuts was the Diversity and Social Inclusion Team that provided training opportunities in the council for minority groups. Lots of great and meaningfull statements pour out, particularly around Holocaust memorial day but little of those words are ever translated into action and that tends to be across all of the political parties not just the last ten years of Lib Dems. Like the arguments for a city gay quarter, whether you agree with it or not, and in the area in which this appalling and horrifying attack took place, they are presented not in a celebration of diversity but around the so-called pink pound and part of the drive to turn the city into an alcoholic theme park under the guise of regeneration. This is why we are also attracting those inclined to violence who come in search of easy prey and why many sensible people are now giving the city centre a miss at nights. Let's just hope that these thugs are all brought swiftly to justiceand that this young man makes a full recovery physically and mentally. How the city recovers from what is being unleashed and the kind of reputation this gives us is another matter.

SeanOctober 26th 2009.

I thought this city embraced and celebrated diversity. I am deeply ashamed.

Stanley StreetOctober 26th 2009.

Liverpool has hit the national headlines once again for all the wrong reasons.

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