Gay men verbally abused through PA system by Trafalgar Square busker

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Two gay men were verbally abused by a busker using a PA system in Trafalgar Square last week.

At lunchtime last Thursday, Paul Jorgensen and Gareth McCallion were crossing Trafalgar Square in central London when a busker targeted and verbally abused them using homophobic language.

As the busker was using a Public Address System, his verbal abuse of the couple was heard by the crowds basking in the sunshine in one of the capital’s busiest squares.

Mr Jorgensen initially responded by calling the busker a homophobe before approaching a member of the police and having the busker arrested and charged with a hate crime.

The two men hope that with the support of the Metropolitan Police, the case will go to court.

The incident took place close to where Ian Baynham was taunted then attacked in September 2009. Mr Baynham subsequently died due to his injuries.

In January, Ruby Thomas, 19, and Joel Alexander, 20, were sentenced to seven and six years in prison for his manslaughter.

Another girl, 18-year-old Rachael Burke, was sentenced to two years in prison for affray.