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Thugs choked a man unconscious and smashed his face against a pavement in a suspected homophobic attack in Greenwich, London.
A 36-year-old man was walking along Blackheath Common on Sunday evening (sunday 7th April 2019) when he was assaulted by a group of around five men and possibly one female, according to Metropolitan Police.
The unnamed man was repeatedly punched in the face and choked around his neck until he lost consciousness. He was then dragged along the ground by his hood, before the attackers hit his face against the pavement.
According to police, the group used homophobic slurs throughout the attack, which is being treated as a hate crime. Police were called to Vanbrugh Park Road after receiving reports of an assault, where they found the victim bleeding and with facial bruising.
“This was a completely unprovoked and targeted assault and we believe there may be further victims not yet in contact with police.”
The man was treated by paramedics at the scene. The victim has since been discharged from hospital, but is still suffering from his injuries and remains in shock, according to police.
One of the male attackers was described as white, with a thin face and thin lips. He had a London accent and wore a grey hoodie.
Investigating officer detective Constable Adam Pearce said: “This was a completely unprovoked and targeted assault and we believe there may be further 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.”
EQuIP would like to encourage any person who experiences and/or witnesses homophobic hate crime (or any other type of hate crime/incident) to always report. All reports feedback to the relevant agencies who work together to tackle hate crime in Warwickshire.
Hate crime in Warwickshire can be reported via the www.reporthatenow.com website, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or if you prefer to talk to someone, call EQuIP on 01788 863117. In an emergency, always call 999, but you can call 101 in a n non-emergency situation.