Homophobic attack in broad daylight

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police have issued an image of three men they are looking to identify following a homophobic assault on the Southbank.

Police were called at 2:30pm on Tuesday, 1 January following reports that two men had been assaulted by four men in an unprovoked attack close to the National Theatre.

The victims, aged 28 and 31, who were holding hands, suffered facial injuries and bruising in the assault. They did not require hospital treatment.

The suspects are all described as white, aged in their mid-20s and wearing hooded tops. They left in the direction of the OXO Tower.

Officers are issuing images of three of the four suspects in a bid to identify them.

The assault is being treated as a hate crime.

Anyone with information is asked to contact officers at Lambeth via 101 quoting reference 6108/1Jan or tweet @MetCC. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

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