FIVE women were reportedly victims of a brutal and alleged homophobic attack by a group of men in Hampshire.

One of the women reportedly lost seven teeth when she was punched in the face.

The women were assaulted as they walked home after a night out in Portsmouth at 11.30pm on April 16.

It is understood the victims, were in a group of eight, when they received homophobic abuse from seven men who then went onto attack them.

A Hampshire police spokeswoman said they were investigating an altercation, between two groups, which happened at about 11.25pm on April 16.

He added three men, 25, 26 and 27, from London, were arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm.

Another man, 27, from Portsmouth, was arrested on suspicion of affray.

All were released but remain under investigation.