A GANG subjected a teenage couple to homophobic abuse in a computer game shop in Basingstoke.

The incident took place in the CEX store in Wote Street, at about 3.10pm on Sunday, February 12.

A group of four or five teenage boys shouted homophobic abuse at one of the couple, an 18-year-old man. He and his 17-year-old partner tried to leave the shop, but the group followed them and pushed the 17-year-old.

PC Aiden Blackwell said: “This was an isolated incident which occurred during a busy Sunday afternoon in the town centre.

“It is not acceptable for people to suffer this kind of abuse due to their sexuality and I would urge anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact me as soon as possible.”

The people in the gang are described as all male and aged between 18 and 25. Two members of the group were wearing hooded tops and two were wearing hats. All spoke with local accents.

Anyone with information can contact PC Blackwell at Basingstoke police station on 101 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.