Words: Steve Brown
The Metropolitan Police have renewed their appeal after four people had a ‘corrosive substance’ thrown over them in homophobic attacks in London.
Two incidents occurred back in January this year, and the first attack saw victims were attacked inside a KFC restaurant in Brixton Road. The second happened at a nearby bus stop around 20 minutes later.
The victims had a ‘corrosive substance’ – which is believe to be pepper spray – thrown over them and detectives have said the attack was ‘unprovoked and targeted’ as the attacks were linked.
In a statement, the Met Police said: “A corrosive spray was used on two male victims.
“The second attack happened just 20 minutes later at a bus stop close to the KFC where the CCTV footage was taken.
“The two 22-year-old victims told police at the scene that they had been sprayed by an unknown noxious substance, thought to be a type of pepper spray, in what appears to be a hate crime attack.”
Now, police have renewed an appeal for witnesses and have released CCTV footage from KFC showing five men they would like to speak to in connection to the attack.
Detective Constable Amy Cross said: “This was a completely unprovoked and targeted attack on at least two members of the public, with a further two victims not yet in contact with police.
“Both the attack and the homophobic motivation of this assault are abhorrent, and I appeal to anyone with any information that could assist the investigation to come forward.”
Anyone with information is asked to conduct Lambeth CID by dialling 101 and quoting reference CAD 1206/19JAN19.
Watch the CCTV below: