Homophobic gang sought after Tube attack

By Rob Virtue on January 24, 2011 1:56 PM |

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A group of men who violently assaulted a passenger on the Jubilee line and gave homophobic abuse to another are being hunted by police.

The incident took place on a westbound line train on December 7 after a Suede gig at the North Greenwich arena.

A 39-year-old was punched in the face after stepping in when the group of five men made homophobic comments to another passenger.

He was left with bruising to his eyebrow and cheek.

The victim of the assault got off the train at Southwark while the group are believed to have stayed on until Green Park.

The five men were in their late teens to early 20s and were travelling with two women.

British Transport Police's Detective Constable Steve Ajayi said: "The victim was merely trying to keep the peace and was assaulted for his trouble.

"The train would have been very busy at the time of the incident with people going home after the Suede concert at the O2 arena."

DC Ajayi appealed for anyone who saw the incident to contact the police.

Anyone with information should call BTP on 0800 405040, quoting background log B7 of 14/1/2011, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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