A man has been hospitalised while police in London search for the 6 people who attacked him. Police report that five men and one woman took part in the homophobic attack and also robbed the man’s car, wallet and mobile phone.
The 36 year-old man was found with bleeding and bruising to his face in a park near Blackheath common in Greenwich London.
The victim was walking in the park when he was attacked by the thugs who repeatedly punched him in the face as they held him by his neck, causing him to lose consciousness. The attackers then dragged across the ground by his hood and hit his face against the pavement as they hurled homophobic slurs at him.
The attackers then stole the victim’s car keys and fled the scene in his white Peugeot 208, which contained his mobile phone and wallet.
The man was treated for his injuries by paramedics at the scene and was taken to the hospital. He has since been discharged but is still suffering from shock.
One of the attackers was described as being white, with a thin face, thin lips and spoke with a London accent. He was wearing a grey hoodie.
Police are now investigating the incident and a manhunt is underway to find the perpetrators of this vicious homophobic attack. Police believe there may be more victims who have yet to come into contact with police.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Adam Pearce, from the South East Command Unit, said, “This was a completely unprovoked and targeted assault and we believe there may be further victims not yet in contact with police.
“Both the attack and the homophobic motivation of this assault are abhorrent and I appeal to anyone with any information that could assist the investigation to come forward.”
There was global outcry last week when a trans woman was assaulted by three men in broad daylight.
STAD (Stop Transphobia and Discrimination) campaign collects data on transphobic violence in Ireland in order to lobby the government for hate crime legislation and raise awareness. Incidents can be reported to their website.
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