Police are investigating a homophobic hate crime in Southeast London that left a man with head injuries.
The Metropolitan Police is calling for witnesses after officers on Sunday (14 July) attended a suspected assault at Denmark Hill, Camberwell, just after 3am on Sunday.
A 29-year-old man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening head injuries, the police statement said.
Police arrested a 19-year-old at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm. They later released him pending an investigation.
‘The incident is being investigated as a homophobic assault following comments made prior to the assault’ police said.
Police urged anyone with information or footage to call 101 quoting CAD 1376/14Jul. Or, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Transphobic and homophobic hate crimes are on the rise
Both homophobic and transphobic hate crimes have drastically increased in England and Wales over the past five years.
An anaylsis by The Guardian revealed the alarming statistics last month.
From 2013-14 to 2017-18, LGBT hate crimes per capita rose 144%.
Police reported 11,600 known crimes of this nature in 2018.
This is more than double the 4,600 reported in 2013-14.
Anti-gay and lesbian, as well as transphobic attacks, have doubled and tripled, respectively.
West Yorkshire saw the highest spike in anti-LGBT hate crimes. They experience a 376% increase from 2013-14 to 2017-18.
Recently, a group of teen males assaulted same-sex couple on a London bus.
The assault left them bloodied, scared, and angry.
It made headlines and renewed calls for action against anti-LGBT hate crimes.