Words: Will Stroude
A man was hospitalised after being attacked in south London over the weekend, in what police are treating as a suspected homophobic hate crime.
The 29-year-old victim was assaulted in Denmark Hill near the junction with Camberwell Road shortly after 3am on Sunday (14 July). He was taken to hospital with a non life-threatening head injury and has since been discharged.
A 19-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of grievous bodily harm i(GBH) and has been released under investigation.
In a statement, the Metropolitan Police said they were treating the attack as a suspected hate crime due to remarks made prior to the assault, and appealed to the public for information.
The attack took place in the early hours of Sunday (14 July) in Demark Hill, south London (Image: Google)
Witnesses or anyone with information or footage is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 1376/14Jul or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
The latest incident comes less than two months after a lesbian couple were brutally assaulted on a London bus, reportedly after refusing to kiss for a group of men.
Last month, analysis by The Guardian showed homophobic and transphobic hate crimes in England and Wales rose 144% per capita between 2013-14 and 2017-18, more than doubling from 4,600 reported incidents to 11,600.