A gang of youths who attacked a woman on a bus in South London may have been gay.
Police have released CCTV footage of the attack, which saw a 22-year-old attacked and left unconscious.
But the fact one of the men sat on his friends’ laps, even though other seats were free on the bus, has prompted some on social media to suggest the men may have been gay.
Police told Gay Star News it was impossible to tell if this was true or not.
And they don’t believe homophobic or racist language was used in the lead up to the attack – something else that has been speculated on by some people who have seen the footage.
But the Metropolitan Police did tell GSN one line of inquiry was the idea the five men may be known to the LGBTI community in the UK capital.
Cops were called to the incident on Lambeth Road, central South London on 29 August.
The number 344 bus had been heading towards Clapham Junction when a group of five men got on board and sat towards the back on the lower deck.
The victim did not know them but was seated nearby and exchanged words with them.
It is understood one of the group criticized her clothing.
One man then poured a can of drink over her and pulled her hair. She got up from her seat but was pushed, then kicked in the stomach.
The victim fell to the floor unconscious.
The men got off and headed in the direction of Lambeth Walk, SE1.
London Ambulance Service took the victim to nearby St Thomas’ Hospital with a head injury. The injury was not severe and she was treated and released later that day.
The main suspect for the assault is described as a light-skinned black man of slim build. He is approximately 20 years old and was wearing a black T-shirt with a patterned pocket on the chest, dark trousers and a baseball cap worn back to front. The other four men in the group were also black.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call DC Mulley on +44 (0)20 8649 2196. Alternatively you can report information anonymously to Crimestoppers on +44 (0)800 555 111.
Watch the footage here: