Man charged for homophobic and hate crime after he set a Pride flag on fire in Brighton.

Brighton Pride

This would have been the week-end of the Pride in Brighton and Hove, one of the most famous Pride marches in the UK.

A man has been charged with committing a homophobic related hate crime related arson following the shocking late night incident in Brighton.

The man charged is Moulay Abdelhakim Ismaili of Beaconsfield Road in Brighton, that has been detained on suspicion of committing a homophobic hate-related crime, as The Argus reports.

Brighton is very well known for being a truly inclusive and LGBT+ friendly city, where people can be themselves with no fears of being judged, beaten or made feel ridiculous, but in this case when homophobia found its way in this man. The 36-year-old man was remanded in custody to appear at Brighton Magistrates’ Court, yesterday 4th August.

Sussex Police, rightly, did not waste time and a spokesman said: “We are committed to fully investigating reports of hate crime. If you have been a victim of or have witnessed a hate crime, we urge you to either report online, call us on 101, or 999 if it is an emergency.”

The Pride March for this year, as well as many other pride marches, was to be held on line, from home with some virtual celebration, after many Pride events were cancelled due to coronavirus.

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