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Teen boy arrested after attacking and insulting members of an LGBTQ youth club in Wales

One of the members of the group was hospitalised as a result of a physical attack

2019-09-12

Words: Steve Brown

A 13-year-old boy was arrested after attacking and insulting members of an LGBTQ youth club several times.

According to NorthWalesLive, a club member of the LGBTQ youth group in Caernarfon, Wales, was assaulted and suffered verbal abuse after leaving the Caffe Gisda in July.

Organisers of the club confirmed one club member was hospitalised as a result of a physical attack.

Sergeant Non Edwards, from North Wales Police, said: "We'll continue to work to deal with problems, but we need people to work with us in partnership.

"We don't have any more police officers, so education is the key as well."

The club’s founder, Aled Griffiths, said the incidents were ‘serious’ and that there was a need to ‘stand up for equality’.

Previously speaking about the club’s aims to create an ‘inclusive’ environment, he said: “What we wanted to do was to create an inclusive environment for young people from the LGBT community.

“Somewhere they could come and have the freedom to chat, make new friends and express themselves which ever way they wanted.

“I had a difficult journey growing up. There were no similar social groups which I could be a part of and at times I felt really isolated, right up until I left for university.

“By doing this I’ve had a chance to look back on my own experiences growing up and hopefully it’ll help others going through a similar situation.”