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Man suffers anti-gay assault on London train

Man suffers anti-gay assault on London train

Police are appealing for information after a man suffered a homophobic assault on a London train.

The victim boarded the train from Charing Cross, an area popular with the LGBT community, to Bexleyheath at around 5.30am on 15 July. This was only the second train to run that Tuesday morning.

Investigating officer Michael Willoughby said: ‘During the journey a man sat opposite him and began making homophobic comments to him and began taking pictures of the victim on his phone.

‘The victim challenged the man, but was punched and kicked in return.’

He added: ‘Anti-social or violent behavior has no place on the railway and passengers should feel able to use the network without fear of becoming a victim of crime.

‘Anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has any information about what took place, should get in touch.’

The suspect is described as Chinese man, aged around 35, wearing a casual dark grey shirt, black trousers and black shoes. He is thought to be of proportional build and around 5’9.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016 quoting SSUB/B6 of 7/8/14.

You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.