Man in coma after alleged anti-gay attack in London

Police are appealing for witnesses or anyone with information after an attack in gay spot Soho, London

Man in coma after alleged anti-gay attack in London
06 February 2013

A man is still in a coma after an alleged anti-gay attack in central London.

Police announced they were appealing for help today (6 February) after the serious assault happened on 27 January.

It occurred at around 3.10am in the central gay area of Soho.

In a statement to Gay Star News, a Metropolitan spokesman said: ‘The victim, a 40-year-old man, was standing outside the Prince Edward Theatre when he was passed by two other men.

‘They stopped and a conversation took place after which one of the men punched the victim.

‘The victim then fell to the ground, banged his head, sustained a serious injury and is now currently in a coma in a central London hospital.’

While police are keeping an open mind to the motive, sources have told GSN it was an anti-gay attack.

The two white males walked off up Old Compton Street, turned left onto Frith Street and were last seen heading in the direction of Shaftesbury Avenue.

The first male is described as being approximately 5ft 10/6ft in height, with light colored hair, and wearing a dark jacket.

His friend is described as being of a similar height, with dark hair and wearing a dark colored coat.

Any witnesses or any person with information that could assist the investigation is urged to contact Detective Constable Ryan Morrison at the Westminster Serious Violence Team on +44 (0)20 7321 8270.

Alternatively, dial 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime reference 6504716/13.



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