Man arrested in London anti-gay bleach ‘blinding’ attack

A 31-year-old was arrested in Kent on suspicion of an assault near the Lightbox club in Vauxhall – an area popular with gay clubbers

Man arrested in London anti-gay bleach ‘blinding’ attack
12 June 2014

Police have arrested a man in connection with a London homophobic attack that left a gay clubber ‘blinded’.

A 31-year-old was arrested in Kent on suspicion of an assault near the Lightbox club in Vauxhall – an area south of the River Thames popular with the gay community – on Sunday morning.

He was being questioned at a south London police station today.

The 23-year-old victim has said a man sprayed bleach at him after two women started shouting homophobic abuse at him and his friend.

The ammonia solution burned his cornea and severely damaged his vision.

His friend, a 21-year-old, had the bleach sprayed in his mouth forcing his tongue to swell and another man, on the same evening, was also attacked.

All three were treated at hospital.

Two women, thought to be the ones shown on CCTV, have come forward to speak to police but have not been arrested.

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