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Gay man seeks out man who saved him after homophobic nightclub attack

The 25-year-old was attacked from behind while trying to leave the Portsmouth nightclub

By Fabio Crispim

A gay man was left unconscious after a brutal attack outside a Portsmouth gay nightclub.

Jason Love, 25, was left with a broken eyebrow and muscle damage in his arm and wrist after he was attacked during the early hours of Saturday, April 15.

Love, from Paulsgrove, had been partying with three friends at gay nightclub Hampshire Boulevard in Portsmouth when he was punched from behind while attempting to leave the club with a female friend at around 2am. 

Speaking to Portsmouth News, Love said: “We’d had enough and wanted to go home – that’s when we were attacked. It was completely random and we do not know who these people were. I fell to the floor after the first punch and became unconscious, but I was still being beaten.”

Love, who works full-time as a parking enforcement officer but has been signed off for two weeks, is now wearing a cast on his left arm and has four stitches in his right eye. However, the attack could have ended “much worse” for him if a mystery man hadn’t helped him. 

“A man saved my life that night,” he explained.

“Without him, I worry I would have been left there to die. He risked his own life by putting a stop to the attack outside HB, waiting with me and walked me to Astoria, where a bouncer called for an ambulance, which arrived within minutes.” 

The former drag queen added: “I’m extremely keen to track him down and thank him with money or a gift.” 

Love has described the man as 5ft10in tall, stocky and with black hair. 

Meanwhile, Hampshire police have confirmed they’re investigating the assault. A 49-year-old man from Hayling Island has been arrested on suspicion of common assault and inflicting grievous bodily harm.