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Two 16-year-olds arrested after teen in London is strangled and forced to apologize for being gay

The pair were identified following police appeal for information

Two 16-year-olds arrested after teen in London is strangled and forced to apologize for being gay
The attack happened on the Jubilee Line in London (Photo: Elliot Brown, CC-by-2.0)

Police in London say that they have arrested two 16-year-old boys following an assault on a gay 19-year-old on a tube train on the Jubilee Line.

The incident happened 21 October. The victim was wearing fancy dress and travelling with friends to an event.

The altercation occurred on a westbound Jubilee Line tube train between West Ham and North Greenwich stations.

The assailants boarded the train at West Ham and began to verbally assault the party using homophobic language.

A British Transport Police spokesperson said Monday: ‘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.’

One of the victim’s friends, a 25-year-old woman, was punched and pushed to the ground. She sustained bruising.

‘Enquiries are continuing’

Following the police appeal for information, the two young men were arrested yesterday on suspicion of assault and held in custody.

A police spokesperson confirmed to GSN that the two have been released under investigation and that, ‘enquiries are continuing.’


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