Police have released CCTV footage of a vicious homophobic attack on two men in Charing Cross, London.

The film shows the victims, aged 22 and 25, walking in the direction of Tottenham Court Road at around 1.30am on August 9th.

A group of four men are seen following them. Then, the younger man is hit from behind and knocked out.

The other victim pushes one of the attackers who punches him several times while shouting homophobic abuse.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Camilla Phillips, said: “This was a particularly nasty attack on two men who had been enjoying a night out together.

“The incident was completely unprovoked and the victims were lucky to escape with the injuries they did, as the violent nature of the attack could easily have resulted in more serious injuries.

“The CCTV footage clearly shows what happened and I am keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may recognise any of the four suspects, or may have information about the incident.”

Anyone with information should contact Westminster Community Safety Unit on 0207 321 9388 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

See below for footage, via LBC.co.uk: