Lesbian couple 'jeered at by takeaway staff' in Nottingham

image copyrightAlice Bowerman
image captionTerri-Ann Metcalfe and Alice Bowerman said they were "shocked" by how they were treated

A lesbian couple say they were jeered at by staff for kissing in a takeaway.

Alice Bowerman said she was "shocked and angry" when staff at Marmaris in Nottingham told her they "do not want to see that" as she kissed her partner Terri-Ann Metcalfe.

Nottinghamshire Police said a "hate incident" during the early hours of Monday had been reported to them and officers were investigating.

The manager of the restaurant declined to comment.

Ms Bowerman, 31, and her 34-year-old partner were in the takeaway at about 03:30 BST after a night out at a nearby bar.

image captionMarmaris declined to comment

While waiting for their food to arrive they kissed on the lips, at which point they said they heard jeers from staff members directed at them.

Miss Metcalfe said: "I was shocked. I asked if they would react like that to a man and a woman kissing and they said, 'No, because that's normal'.

"It was nothing outrageous, just a normal kiss - like any couple would do on a night out.

"I've been in same-sex relationships since I was about 19 and I've never experienced anything like this before."

Ms Bowerman, who has been with Miss Metcalfe for two years, said none of the other customers intervened, adding the experience was "humiliating".

image copyrightAlice Bowerman
image captionBoth women said they had "never experienced anything like it"

She added: "I've always felt safe in Nottingham but this has disgusted me.

"You get lots of people asking why we need Pride nowadays but these kind of things reiterate why it's so important.

"I want them to know that no, they can't say these things, and we will do something about it."

'Feel resigned'

Craig Martin, secretary of Nottinghamshire Pride, said he has endured similar incidents in Nottingham and other UK cities.

"I've had things shouted at me before," he said. "You're certainly sensitive to who else is about, looking and checking.

"I feel resigned [about it], I feel sad, but I am not surprised. You move on quickly because it seems to be becoming so much more the norm."

Nottinghamshire Police said: "A hate incident has been reported and officers are continuing to investigate.

"We'd like to thank the victim for reporting and we will be providing the appropriate support to them."

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