Detectives in Ealing are appealing for gay and bisexual men to come forward if they have been attacked in the Soho area of London

The Metropolitan Police Service launched the appeal following a number of incidents where men have been befriended in Soho and then assaulted or robbed either nearby or outside of central London.

Acting Detective Inspector Nick Doherty said: “If you have been a victim to this type of crime and it has previously gone unreported, I urge you to come forward and tell police. I believe they may be victims within the gay community who have been targeted and subjected to these attacks and I am determined to bring the person responsible to justice.”

Police stressed all calls would be handled sensitively and in confidence.

Anyone who has been a victim of this type of crime should contact Ealing CID on 020 8721 7050 / 07824 598 361 or 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Please quote reference 2505191/13.