Mayor of Lambeth to take place in walk to reclaim Vauxhall after hate crime threat

Joseph McCormick November 22, 2013
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The Mayor of Lambeth is to take place in a walk on Sunday evening through Vauxhall, in order to reclaim the area after an attempted attack on a gay couple last weekend.

A gay couple were forced to take shelter in a London pub on Sunday evening, after being pursued and threatened by a gang of teenagers who shouted homophobic slurs.

The police were called after the gang followed the couple into the pub at the Albert Embankment, brandishing a weapon. The youths left before the police arrived and the incident was logged as a hate crime.

Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Mark Bennett told Pinknews: “As Mayor of Lambeth and a gay man, I strongly believe in equality for all, and the freedom for all to live safe from harm. I will be joining the march to demonstrate my belief that prejudice must have no place and hatred no home in Lambeth.”

With now almost 250 people confirmed to attend on Sunday, Mr Braniff-Herbert told PinkNews: “The response has been overwhelming and we are incredibly moved by the messages from everyone. It’s so important that we turn what has happened into something meaningful and positive and I truly believe on Sunday we will have turned an act of hate into a beacon of hope”

More details of the walk are available at the event page on Facebook. 



More: albert embankment, Assault, attack, david braniff-herbert, Hate crime, mark bennett, mayor of lambeth, police, Vauxhall

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