Thugs who attacked a gay couple with a plank of wood (Image: SWNS)
Thugs who attacked a gay couple with a plank of wood in a terrifying “homophobic” hate crime are being hunted.
Detectives have released images of six men they want to trace following the sickening assault in Chadwell Heath, east London.
The incident happened at around 5.30pm on Sunday October 1 as the two victims, both men in their 20s, were walking along High Road, Chadwell Heath.
Police say up to six were “verbally abusive” towards them and made threats. One of the victims was struck on the head with a plank of wood.
He suffered cuts and bruises and was treated in hospital before being allowed home.
Detectives release images of thugs (Image: SWNS)
Police say the second victim was not physically injured, but the pair were “understandably distressed”.
A Met Police spokesman said: “Due to the comments made prior to the assault this incident is being treated as a homophobic hate crime.
“No arrests have been made and enquires continue. The Met is aware of the corrosive effect of hate crime and is determined to bring those responsible for such crimes to justice.”
He added: “A dedicated LGBTQ+ liaison officer will have oversight of the investigation and provide support to the victims.”
Any witnesses or anyone with any information or footage is asked to call police on 101 or, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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