Candlelit vigil held for attack victims
A candlelit vigil was held last night outside a pub where two men suffered horrific burns in an attack earlier this week.
People gathered outside the Rainbow & Dove, in Charles Street, Leicester city centre, to show their support for the two men.
The pair, aged 20 and 21, remained in hospital in Nottingham yesterday, one with extremely serious burns to his face and upper body. The second man was burned on the hand and forearm.
Although the pub is popular with the gay community, the attack is not being treated as a homophobic hate crime.
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About 200 people took part in the vigil, which was led by a senior clergyman with songs performed by the Leicestershire Rainbow Voices choir.
James Cockerill, owner of the pub, said: "I believe this vigil will allow the broad lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and citizens of the city, to show their support and prove Leicester is truly the diverse city which it is held up to be."
James Mann, chairman of the Leicestershire Rainbow Voices choir, which sang You'll Never Walk Alone, said: "The victims are friends of many of us, and we were determined to lend our support to say that such a crime must not happen again."
Police are continuing their investigation into the attack, which happened in the pub's beer garden at 12.40am on Tuesday.
Police believe the men were sprayed with an unidentified flammable liquid, which then ignited. Officers have released on bail a man who was arrested in connection with the attack earlier this week.
The vigil, which began at 9pm, was supported by the city council and police, whose detectives were present in the hope of finding witnesses.