A prominent character on Blackpool’s gay scene had two teeth knocked out in an alleged homophobic attack.
Peter Donohoe, 61, was punched in the mouth after suffering what he claims was a barrage of homophobic abuse in his own back garden.
Mr Donohoe, who has been involved in organising the resort’s Pride festival in the past, and is registered disabled, today relived the shocking attack.
He said: “I was sat in my garden having a cup of tea on my bench. The next thing, my dog got up and barked, and there was a man stood there.
“I went to get my dog and he lunged forward then hit me in the face.
“I just stumbled backwards and didn’t realise I’d been hit because it happened that quickly.
“I came back into my house, picked my phone up and two teeth came out.”
It is claimed the man shouted a barrage of foul mouthed, homophobic abuse at Mr Donohue while the assault was taking place.
Epileptic Mr Donohoe, who lives alone on High Street, North Shore, has lived in the resort for 28 years and says he has suffered similar abuse in the past.
However, he says he is determined not to let his past experiences affect him and wants to help the other victims of similar incidents.
He added: “I’ve been shaking since the attack and the doctors have said it’s shock.
“I used to be a bodybuilder and look after myself so I’m not soft in the slightest.
“My sexuality is nothing to do with anybody else but me, and I’ve got gay and straight friends.
“I just want to help other people because if I can’t stand up for myself and others it gives no hope to other people.”
A 44-year-old man from Blackpool has been arrested over the attack and has been bailed by police until June 4 pending further enquiries.
A spokesman for Lancashire Police said: “We are investigation allegations made by Mr Donohoe that this person has punched him in the mouth and that he believes this to be a homophobic attack.”