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11:59 | 24th November 2014

News: UK

Fri 11 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Once on the bus, the two victims sat on the lower deck near the exit doors while the suspect sat directly behind them and continued to shower them with a torrent of homophobic abuse

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Police are looking for a man who abused two gay men verbally and physically as they waited for a bus in Wandsworth, South West London.

The man reportedly suggested that he had a gun as he verbally assaulted the men and threatened to kill them leaving police to believed it was a homophobic related assault.

They were waiting for the 87 bus on the corner of Queenstown road in Wandsworth on Tuesday June 8th, shortly after midnight, when the man became visibly abusive towards the men as they all waited for a bus, and it continued to take place after boarding. One of them was left needing eight stitches after the assault.



According to the local Wandsworth Guardian, a police spokesman said about the incident: “Once on the bus, the two victims sat on the lower deck near the exit doors while the suspect sat directly behind them and continued to shower them with a torrent of homophobic abuse.

"When the bus reached the Snappy Snaps in Lavender Hill, the suspect stood up to get off, police said, but before doing so he intimated he was in possession of a gun and threatened to shoot the victims before striking one man on the head with a silver object causing a cut to his head, which later required eight stitches.”

The paper also reported that Detective Constable James Vinnicombe, of Wandsworth police’s community support unit, also said about the hate crime that went on: "This was an awful attack on a gay couple who were simply making their way home after enjoying a night out socialising.

"It is unacceptable that they were abused and attacked in this way and I am appealing to anyone who was on the bus and witnessed the abuse or the assault to contact the police.”
The local police are appealing to anyone with any information to come forward and help them catch the man responsible.

The suspect was described at the time of the incident as black, about 6ft 2in and between 20-25-years-old, and was wearing a black hat and a padded black jacket - then walked in the direction of Clapham Junction

Anyone with information should call Wandsworth police on 0208 247 5418, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

 

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