HAMPSHIRE police are investigating a hate crime in which the victim suffered facial injuries.

A man in his 20s was subjected to homophobic abuse by a group of people near Basingstoke railway station at around 11pm yesterday.

He continued walking to a nearby bus stop, where he was assaulted by two members of the group.

A police spokesperson said: "Enquiries are ongoing to establish the full circumstances, and we’re appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information to report this to police.

"As part of enquiries, a 20-year-old man and a 19-year-old man, both from Basingstoke, have been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. They remain in custody at this time."

Anyone with information can contact Hampshire police on 101, quoting crime reference number 44210145908.

Alternatively they can contact the Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111, where messages can be left anonymously.