The attack took place at the Mall in Newry in the early hours of Sunday, just hours after a Pride parade through the city centre Police are now treating an attack in which organisers of a Pride festival were assaulted and injured as a homophobic hate crime. Two men sustained cuts to their face at the Mall in Newry, County Down, in the early hours of Sunday. Pride in Newry said five of its committee members were “savagely beaten in a vicious homophobic attack”. The Police Ombudsman has received a complaint about how the PSNI dealt with the incident. Police said they were investigating it on Monday but on Tuesday they confirmed they were treating it as homophobic. In a statement, a police spokesperson said they were “aware of an altercation” at the Mall at about 02:38 BST on Sunday.