Police are on the hunt for a man who attacked a crossdresser who was doing nothing but waiting for a bus in London.
The 30-year-old victim was approached at around 1.30am in Green Street, Forest Gate on 16 May, according to police reports.
The attacker pulled up, asked ‘How much do you want?’ and went on to beat him up, while occupants of the car shouted ‘Kill him, kill him’. The victim suffered a broken nose.
Detectives in Newham have today issued an appeal for witnesses and information.
The attacker has been described as an Asian man, aged between 17 and 20 and about 5ft 4in tall. He was wearing a brown jumper, brown trousers and a blue cap.
Detective Constable Ben Rouse said: ‘This was an unprovoked attack.
‘This suspect is clearly willing to use violence against innocent members of the community.’
The crime is still being investigated by Newham’s Community Safety Unit, but a spokesperson told GSN that it ‘certainly looks like’ a hate crime. They also confirmed the victim was ‘definitely’ not a transgender woman.
Anyone with information should contact police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or the LGBT anti-violence charity Galop via their website galop.org.uk.