Second gay man says he was violently attacked in London’s Blackheath

Blackheath Common, London

A second gay man has come forward to allege that he was the victim of a homophobic attack in Blackheath, London.

Erhan Barut spoke out about his experience the day after police put out an appeal following an April 7 homophobic robbery on Blackheath Common.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Barut revealed he was the victim of a separate homophobic attack in the same area on January 12.

Second man attacked on Blackheath Common

Barut said he was approached by a gang of men who asked him if he was “cruising” in the area, which is a popular gay hook-up spot, before attacking him.

He said: “I felt one of them headbutt me and I was thrown towards some thorn bushes.

“It was terrifying and I felt so intimidated. I ran without looking back. I was bleeding from my face and throat.”

Coincidentally, Barut says he was also on the Common in the aftermath of the April 7 attack.

Blackheath Common in Greenwich, where a man was the victim of a suspected homophobic attack

A 36-year-old man was attacked while walking along Blackheath Common (pictured) on Sunday April 7. (Google Maps)

He told the newspaper: “I saw this guy come from nowhere. He was totally disorientated, with blood dripping from him.

“The attackers were just a few yards away looking at what they had done.”

Metropolitan Police are not currently treating the two attacks as related.

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