Words: Steve Brown
A man was knocked unconscious in a suspected homophobic attack on the platform of a London station.
The unnamed victim was travelling on a train from London Liverpool Street to Shoeburyness in Essex with his partner in April this year when he was confronted by a group of man on the platform.
The group of man began hurling homophobic abuse and as the journey went on, the assaults grew more severe with one of them allegedly saying ‘gays should be strung up’, the Evening Standard reported.
When the victim attempted to leave at Upminster station, he was repeatedly punched in the head and collapsed on the platform and was unconscious for several minutes.
In a statement, British Transport Police released images of three men they are seeking in connection to the attack.
They wrote: “Officers believe the men shown in this CCTV images may have information which could help them investigate.
“No one should ever be targeted with abuse or violent because of who they are, or who they love.
“We take all reports of hate crime seriously and will work hard to identify perpetrators and bring them before the courts.”
“Gays should be strung up"— British Transport Police (@BTP) July 26, 2019
The offensive comments made towards two passengers before one of them was punched on an #Upminster bound train.
We're looking to identify these men in connection. Can you help us? Text their names to 61016.
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