London: Police investigate homophobic attack on Piccadilly line tube train

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a violent homophobic attack onboard a tube train in west London.

British Transport Police (BTP) said the incident occurred at Hounslow East station and continued on an eastbound Piccadilly line train to Northfields, on 8 July at around 3pm.

PC Paul Franklin said: “Three men and a woman were standing on the platform at Hounslow East LU station when a man made homophobic remarks towards them.

“The argument continued on the train and the woman was assaulted by the man.

“A member of the public then intervened and he too was assaulted by the man. The altercation spilled out on to the platform at Northfields LU station and the victim left the station before police arrived.”

A 27-year-old man from Hounslow has been arrested in connection with the incident and bailed pending further enquiries.

British Transport Police are calling for anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward.

They can be reached on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference B3/LUA of 12/08/13.

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