15 Nov, 2021 @ 15:00
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Gay couple threatened by teenage mob in Valencia days after city wins bid to host 2026 Gay Games in Spain

Gay couple threatened by teenage mob in Valencia that will host the 2026 Gay Games in Spain
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TWO teenagers have been arrested on hate crime charges after threatening two gay men in Valencia City.

The abuse happened on Sunday evening, just three days after Valencia was announced as the host city for the 2026 Gay Games.

The men firstly suffered homophobic insults from a group of teenagers during a bus journey.

The couple asked the driver to stop the bus so that they could get off to prevent the situation from escalating further.

They went into a shopping centre and the gang caught up with them a few minutes later.

Fresh threats and insults were made and the two men, fearing for their safety, took refuge inside a shop and phoned the police.

A shop assistant summoned the help of shopping centre security staff to prevent any further trouble.

Two teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were detained by the Policia Nacional on charges of committing hate crimes.

Neither of them had previous brushes with the authorities.

Image Credit: Cordon Press

READ MORE: VALENCIA WINS BID TO HOST 2026 GAY GAMES

PUBLIC HOMOPHOBIC INSULTS COULD SEE €3,000 FINE IN VALENCIAN COMMUNITY

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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