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Man left with fractured face after vicious ‘transphobic and homophobic’ London tube attack

Josh Milton April 29, 2020
London law enforcement are seeking to speak to the two individuals pictures relating to an alleged "homophobic and transphobic" incident. (BTP)

London law enforcement are seeking to speak to the two individuals pictures relating to an alleged "homophobic and transphobic" incident. (BTP)

British Transport Police officers are looking for two suspects potentially involved in a “transphobic and homophobic” attack on the London Tube network.

The victim, in his 20s, was allegedly pummelled and left with a fractured face while travelling on the Northern line between Oval and Kennington station in South London.

According to detectives and subway officials, the assault occurred at around 11.50pm on February 29.

Victim of ‘homophobic and transphobic attack’ had face fractured, police say. 

A British Transport Police spokesperson said in a statement provided to MyLondon, said: “British Transport Police are today releasing CCTV images following an assault on a Northern Line train in London.

“The incident happened as the train travelled between Oval and Kennington stations.

British Transport Police have appealed to the public to find these men. (BTP)
British Transport Police have appealed to the public to find these men. (BTP)

“Officers would like to speak to the men in the images who may have information that could help their investigation.”

The police have released photos captured from surveillance cameras of two individuals they’re hoping to speak to for more information on the incident.

Anyone who knows them is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.

In both cases quote reference number 352 of 01/03/20.

Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes have more than doubled in England and Wales, stats say.

The incident is the latest in a turbulent wave of anti-LGBT+ hate crimes in England and Wales in recent years.

Homophobic and transphobic hate crimes have rocketed in the last five years across England and Wales.

Between 2015 and 2018, the rate of LGBT+ hate crime, including offences like harassment, assault and stalking, increased by 144 per cent.

A man rides a tube escalator decorated with the Pride flag colours. (Carl Court/Getty Images)

There were 4,600 LGBT+ hate crimes reported in 2014, but in 2018 that number rose to 11,600, The Guardian reported.

Numbers of transphobic hate crimes specifically have tripled in the same amount of time, from 550 in 2014 to 1,650 in 2018.

Almost half of the hate crimes committed on trans people were violent, with 46 per cent being offences like assault and grievous bodily harm. For homophobic hate crimes, 40 per cent were violent in 2018.

The area with the largest increase in LGBT+ hate crime was West Yorkshire, with crimes reported to police jumping by 376 per cent between 2014 and 2018.

More: Crime, Homophobia, London, TfL, transphobia, tube

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