Twice in the same evening, two men were sprayed with a noxious substance in London, police reported today (7 March).
But police are appealing for witnesses and the victims themselves to come forward.
Detectives believe a pepper spray was used in the homophobic attack at around 4am on 19 January.
Police were called to a McDonald’s on Brixton Road, SW9, in the early morning on 19 January.
They responded to calls of an unknown substances sprayed in the faces of two men.
Offices arrived to the scene to find two 22-year-old men who said they had been attacked at a bus stop.
The men claimed they were sprayed with pepper spray in a hate crime attack.
However, the police reposed to a near identical incident 20 minutes prior which saw two men attacked in a similar incident.
But other pair were attacked at a nearby KFC earlier on the same night.
Detective Constable Amy Cross, of Lambeth CID, said, ‘This was a completely unprovoked and targeted assault on at least two members of the public, with a possible further two victims not yet in contact with police.
‘Both the attack and the homophobic motivation of this assault are abhorrent and I appeal to anyone with any information that could assist the investigation to come forward.’
Anyone with information is asked to contact Lambeth CID by dialling 101 and quoting reference CAD 1206/19JAN19
Tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Hate crimes in London
Similarly, earlier this year, three men were sought by police in connection for a homophobic attack.
It occurred in Southbank, in the afternoon of New Year’s Day.
The victims suffered facial injuries and bruising.