Police are searching for two men in connection with a homophobic hate crime on the London tube.
The victim, a 19-year-old, was traveling between West Ham and North Greenwich on the Jubilee line with his friends.
They were dressed in fancy dress.
On 21 October, at around 11.10pm, the offenders boarded the train at West Ham and began verbally abusing the victim and his friends using homophobic language.
London teen ‘Strangled and forced to apologize for being gay’
A British Transport Police spokesperson said: ‘When challenged, they became more aggressive.
‘The first offender then pulled the victim from his seat into a headlock, strangling him.
‘The second offender took the victim’s phone and verbally abused him again, also making threats to stab him.
‘They demanded the victim apologize for being gay which eventually the victim did as he was struggling to breathe. They then let him go and handed back his phone and a fight ensued between the victim’s friends and the offenders.’
Friend punched and pushed to ground
One of the victim’s friends, a 25-year-old woman, was punched and pushed to the ground. She sustained bruising.
The victims left the train at North Greenwich.
The spokesperson added: ‘Officers would like to speak to the people shown in the images as they may have information which could help the investigation.
‘Hate crime will not be tolerated’
‘If you recognize them, please call BTP on 0800 40 50 40 or text 61016, quoting reference number 273 of 1/12.
‘Hate crime will not be tolerated by British Transport Police. We believe that everyone has the right to travel safety.
‘We won’t tolerate behavior where someone is targeted because they are perceived to be different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey.’