Police have released further details about an assault on a gay couple in east London.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that two arrests were made in connection with the incident in Whitechapel earlier this month.

Walter Adrian, 23, and his boyfriend, were attacked outside Barclays bank on Whitechapel Road after leaving a friend’s party just before midnight on Friday 13 June.

Mr Adrian was left unconscious after the attack and suffered bruising to his temple and stomach.

His partner suffered bruising to his jaw.

They were both subjected to verbal homophobic abuse.

In a statement a Met Police spokesperson said: “The victims, a 23-year-old and a 24-year-old man were verbally abused and then punched and kicked by two youths who were part of a group of 5/6 boys riding bikes.

“The victims suffered minor injuries. They did not require medical attention.

“This incident is believed to be homophobic.

On 13 June, two 16-year-old male youths from E1 and E14 were arrested in connection with this incident and taken to an east London police station.”

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