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Appeal launched after homophobic assault on Upminster train

Investigators want to speak to these men

Police have launched an appeal to identify a group of men after an unprovoked, homophobic attack on a train in Upminster.

Slurs including “gays should be strung up” were shouted at the victim and his partner on a c2c service in the early hours of  Sunday, 14 April.

As the victim went to get off the train when it arrived at Upminster, he was punched a number of times and fell onto the platform.

He was left unconscious and sustained a number of bruises.

The train they were on left Liverpool Street at 11.39pm on Saturday (the 13th) and went to Shoeburyness.

British Transport Police has released images of men who officers believe could help their investigation.

Do you recognise any of these men?

A spokesperson for BTP said: “No one should ever be targeted with abuse or violence because of who they are, or who they love.

“We take all reports of hate crime seriously and will work hard to identify perpetrators and bring them before the courts.”

If you know who they are, contact BTP by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40 quoting reference 58 of 14/04/2019.

You can also ring Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. 

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