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Man’s eye socket broken after anti-gay attack in London

Man’s eye socket broken after anti-gay attack in London

Jean Michel Touche was a gay man who was attacked in September 2015

Police are investigating after a man was assaulted by two males, breaking his eye socket, in a homophobic attack in London.

Jean Michel Touche, 40, was hospitalized after the two young males robbed him off his iPhone 6 while shouting homophobic slurs.

The attack occurred on Barnes Common at approximately 5.30pm yesterday (6 September).

As well as a broken eye socket which requires surgery, the youths also broke his first metacarpal in his hand. This is the first bone of the thumb.

Jean Michel Touche was attacked in Barnes Common
Jean Michel Touche was attacked in Barnes Common

A Met police spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying the two male suspects are believed to have ran off in the direction of Barnes Common Tennis Courts.

This attack comes as London police have revealed that homophobic crimes have increased by 30% in the last year.

Any witnesses or anyone with information should contact police quoting crime reference 0708950/15 or contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.