Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was verbally abused and assaulted on a busy Central line train in London last week.

The man was on his way to work when he was subjected to homophobic abuse and then assaulted in a prolonged attack.

The incident took place between Bethnal Green and Oxford Circus, between 8.30am and 8.50am on Thursday October 21st.

Investigating officer PC Sharon Turner said: “There would have been a lot of people on board the train and I am appealing for anyone who saw the incident to get in touch.

“We are particularly keen to speak to two women on the train who provided support to the victim and may be able to help us identify the attacker.”

Officers believe the women who supported the victim got on the train at Mile End and travelled past Oxford Circus.

One of the women is described as Asian, in her forties, about 5’2” tall and wearing traditional Indian dress.

The other woman is described as white, about 5’2” tall, in her mid-twenties with long dark hair. She was wearing a black coat.

The suspect is described as black, about 6’ tall with an athletic build, short black hair and a small moustache. He was wearing an olive green jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.