Police release images of man after couple attacked in London Underground hate crime

Images of the man wanted in connection with a hate crime on the London Underground

The Metropolitan Police have released photos of a man they wish to speak to in connection with a hate crime that occurred at Bank station on the London Underground.

On 12 November 2023, a couple were walking through Bank station when they were accosted by a man who subjected them to a torrent of verbal abuse.

The two victims were then followed and the man went on to kick one of the victims and punch the other.

British Transport Police are investigating the incident as a hate crime, and are calling it a homophobic attack.

CCTV images of a man the police believe may be able to assist their investigation have been released, and members of the public are encouraged to get in touch if they recognise him.

The man in the CCTV stills appears to have a distinctive leg tattoo.

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A spokesperson for British Transport Police said: “Do you recognise this man?

“Officers investigating a hate crime on the London Underground are today releasing this image in connection.

“At around 4.45pm on 12 November, the victims were walking through Bank underground station when a man approached them and began verbally abusing them.

“The man then proceeded to follow the couple, before kicking one of the victims and punching the other.

“Officers would like to speak to the man in the image as they believe he may have information that could assist their investigation.

“Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 405040 quoting reference 2300134350.

“Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

The attack at Bank station comes after a spate of disturbing hate crimes in the capital in 2023, including the stabbing of a couple outside The Two Brewers bar in Clapham – a popular LGBTQ+ venue – in August, an assault on a couple in Brixton just a week later, and an attack on a man and his partner with a plank of wood in Chadwell Heath in October.

Anyone with information regarding the homophobic attack at Bank station should contact the British Transport Police by texting 61016 or calling 0800 405040 quoting the reference 2300134350.

Members of the public can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who has witnessed or experienced a hate crime is urged to call the police on 101, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or visit the True Vision website. In an emergency, always dial 999.

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