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14th Aug 2023

Two men stabbed in homophobic attack in London

Steve Hopkins

‘We are acutely aware of the shock this attack will cause members of the LGBT+ community’

Two men were stabbed in what is being treated as a homophobic attack in southwest London.

The attacked happened at 10.15pm on Sunday as the men, aged in their 20s and 30s, stood outside a nightclub in Clapham High Street.

The duo were approached by a man who attacked them with a knife before running away, Met Police said.

Both men were taken to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged.

The Met said the incident is being treated as a homophobic attack and enquiries are ongoing to locate and arrest the suspect.

Detective Inspector Gary Castle said: “We are acutely aware of the shock this attack will cause members of the LGBT+ community, and I want to reassure people that an urgent investigation is ongoing to locate the person responsible. “We recently announced the reinstatement of LGBT+ community liaison officers for each of our 12 BCUs in London to support and advise on investigations where homophobia is a motive, and to ensure the community has a dedicated point of contact to address any concerns they may have.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7198/13Aug. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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