Citizen Comment: No one should live in fear of intimidation or attack
STUDENT Andrew Macey can't wait to leave the area where he was targeted for his phone and wallet.
His attacker Joel Campbell fired a volley of homophobic abuse at him while another person looked on as he robbed Andrew of his valuables.
As well as that, he robbed Andrew of his dignity and took away his freedom to walk where he likes in his adopted home city of Gloucester.
Andrew won't take the short cut through Gloucester Park now, because he is afraid he could be attacked again.
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Last year, 54 gay hate crimes were reported to Gloucestershire police, and Campbell's sickening attack in January will be another statistic to add to the 2012 figures.
As the impressive turnout to the seventh successive Gloucestershire Pride march showed in June, equality matters whoever we are.
All of us have an equal right to go about our daily business wherever we are without fear of intimidation or attack.
The effect Campbell has had on Andrew's life has been marked, and lasting.
He was sentenced to 12 months in a young offenders institution and we hope he serves the whole sentence.
We hope Andrew stays in Gloucester, and can overcome the effects of this abhorrent crime.
THE sun shone, beer flowed, the burger stalls did a roaring trade, and young and old came together for a great day at Matson Rugby Club.
Dominic Cullen would have loved it.
What a fitting tribute that there was such a great turnout to remember him and raise charity money in his name.
Gloucester is a unique rugby city where junior clubs spare few favours on the pitch, but rally together off it.
The club, and wider rugby community, did Dominic and his family proud yesterday.
GLOUCESTER'S first History Festival came to a spectacular end this weekend with the Lock 200 celebrations at the Docks.
The two-week event has showcased our city's proud heritage to great effect, with activities for all ages and interests.
Those involved in organising the festival should be congratulated and we hope it will return in future years.