Police are searching for two London youths after a teenager was physically and verbally attacked on the Jubilee Line in East London.
British Transport Police (BTP) claim a 19-year-old male was placed into a headlock and continuously strangled until he eventually surrendered into doing what they told him. He was left gasping for air and struggling to breathe.
The incident occurred while the victim and his friends were heading westbound on the Jubilee Line train between West Ham and North Greenwich on 21 October at around 11:10am.
A man was abused, placed in a headlock and told to apologise for being gay in a homophobic assault on a Jubilee line train.
Do you recognise these people? We’d like to speak to them in connection with the incident.
Please text 61016 if you know them. https://t.co/Q8N1Cl67Uf pic.twitter.com/hYxAf0s0Ta
— BTP London (@BTPLondon) December 4, 2017
The victim and his friends were on the way to an event when they were approached by the two youths who boarded the train at West Ham tube station.
BTP said the two suspects first began to verbally abuse the victim for being gay as they continued to grow aggressive when they were challenged. Forcing him into a headlock the suspects snatch his phone while threatening to stab him until he apologised for being gay.
Although the phone was later returned the suspects broke into a fight with the victim’s friends which left a 25-year-old woman suffer bruising after being punch and pushed to the ground. The victims later left the train
The British Transport Police released images of the two youth on Monday as they urged anyone to come forward if they recognised the suspects
The BTP stated: “Hate crime will not be tolerated by the British Transport Police. We believe everyone has the right to travel safely.
“We won’t tolerate behaviour where someone is targeted because they are perceived to be different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey.”
Twitter users reacted rather disappointedly to the release of this news.
Or (repressed) “batty” issues! Sorry, this is no time for joking but as a gay man this is truly terrifying.
— Whatever happened to (@BabyJHudson) December 4, 2017
British LGBTQ charity Stonewall stated, one in five LGBTQ people in Britain have experienced a hate crime or incident because of their sexual orientation or gender identity in the last 12 months.
although this particular incident is being actively investigated, four in five anti-LGBTQ hate crimes apparently go unreported, with younger LGBTQ people being “particularly reluctant to go to the police,” the charity says.