Man ‘punched repeatedly’ in homophobic attack outside busy London station

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Police are appealing for witnesses of a brutal homophobic attack that took place outside one of London’s busiest train stations.

The 50-year-old man was standing across from Charing Cross station, at a bus stop on The Strand, when two men began assaulting him.

The suspects hurled homophobic abuse at their victim.

They then repeatedly punched him in the head.

Scotland Yard revealed that the assailants, who are both described as white, in their twenties and wearing dark jackets, then fled towards Trafalgar Square.

The victim suffered head injuries but was not taken to hospital.

There have been no arrests, and enquiries are continuing into the incident, which took place on Saturday November 18 at around 9:30pm.

The police are encouraging anyone who may have information about this horrific homophobic attack to come forward.

According to research published by Stonewall in September, hate crime against gay, lesbian and bisexual people in Britain has jumped by a staggering 78 percent in the last four years.

The number of LGBT people who have experienced hate crimes rose from nine percent in 2013 to 16 percent in 2017.

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Almost half of LGBT Londoners have been victims of hate crime, according to horrifying figures released earlier this year, after research conducted from Pride in London.

Stats released by the Home Office in October this year revealed proof of a shocking surge in homophobic hate crimes in England and Wales following the Brexit vote on June 23 last year.

Reports of hate crimes relating to sexual orientation rose by a staggering 27 percent in 2016/17, from 7,194 to 9,157.

Sexual orientation hate crime was revealed to be the second most commonly recorded hate crime.

The Home Office study also found that LGBT hate crimes are inordinately likely to be violent offences, rather than public order offences.