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Three men launch vicious homophobic attack in London’s Piccadilly Circus

Three men launch vicious homophobic attack in London’s Piccadilly Circus

  • Police are now seeking witnesses, saying they have ‘zero tolerance’ to anti-LGBT+ assaults.
Piccadilly Circus tube station in London at night.

Three men shouted homophobic abuse at a 37-year-old in the heart of London before pushing him into the road and attacking him.

The incident happened at around 2.15am on Tuesday 3 March, before Britain entered coronavirus lockdown.

However, police are now appealing for information about the attack, which they are treating as a homophobic assault. They have arrested three men but are continuing to investigate the attack.

The incident happened in Piccadilly Circus, near the LGBT+ district of Soho. The area is popular for its theatres, bars and clubs as well as for being a world-famous tourist destination.

The 37-year-old was heading towards Piccadilly Circus tube station. But he saw the station appeared closed. He then turned away from the station. And he asked three men nearby if they knew if it was closed.

One of the men then shouted at the victim, using homophobic language.

The three men then approached the victim and pushed him into the road. Once the victim was on the floor, the group assaulted him.

The victim managed to run across the road towards the Hard Rock Café. However, the three men followed him and attacked him for a second time.

The group then left the scene in the direction of Shaftesbury Avenue.

‘Zero tolerance approach to homophobic crime’

The victim was taken to hospital and later released. He sustained bruising as a result of the attack.

The Metropolitan Police say all three men are likely in their early 20s and may be of Middle Eastern appearance. One of the men was wearing a distinctive light wash denim jacket with a white trim on the collar.

Detective Constable John McNally is the investigating officer. He said: ‘This was a completely unprovoked and vicious assault on the victim, seemingly motivated by homophobia.

‘Though thankfully not seriously injured, the victim has understandably been left very shaken by the incident. 

‘The Met takes a zero tolerance approach to homophobic crime; it is absolutely unacceptable that anyone should feel intimidated to go about their daily lives due to their sexual orientation.’

The police have arrested three men, all aged 21 years old, on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. However, they have released them all under investigation.

Now they are asking anyone with information to come forward. You can call 101 in the UK quoting CAD 575/03March or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.