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Gay couple beaten up in homophobic attack on London train

Gay couple beaten up in homophobic attack on London train

London gay couple beaten up on train

Attackers bashed a London gay couple on their train home from a Valentine’s Day dinner.

Up to five men viciously assaulted boyfriends Phil Poole and Zbynek Zatloukal while they were heading home from a night out in Reading.

Poole felt a punch to the face while sleeping on his partner’s shoulder on the late night train.

Poole told the Evening Standard: ‘I was just sleeping on his shoulder it wasn’t like I was making out with him.

‘I can’t really remember much about what happened because I was in such shock.’

‘I managed to get up and stumble down the carriageway but then they followed me,’ he said.

Poole describes himself as a non-violent person so he didn’t know how to defend himself.

Phillip Poole and boyfriend Zbynk Zatloukal
Phillip Poole and boyfriend Zbynk Zatloukal

After the traumatic incident, the gang fled before bystanders alerted the police.

The pair were taken to Ealing Hospital for treatment.

Zatloukal suffered a suspected broken eye socket and had to be stretchered out of the carriage.

While Poole had severe cuts and bruises, as well as intense trauma.

Poole said: ‘I’m still a bit jumpy and I think it could be a while before I get back on a train.’