Brixton homophobic attacks: Police want to identify these five men after Crimewatch appeal

Katherine Johnston (02 October, 2019) Crime

'Both the attack and the homophobic motivation of this assault are abhorrent'

32404Brixton Road KFC (c) Google Street View

Police are once again appealing for information that could help identify those behind a series of homophobic attacks in Brixton.

After a Crimewatch appeal on Friday, September 27, detectives have released CCTV from a Brixton KFC which shows five men they want to speak to in connection with the linked attacked.

On Saturday, January 19, two men were sprayed with a corrosive substance at around 4am inside a KFC.

Police are not in touch with these victims, and are appealing for them to come forward.

The second attack happened twenty minutes later at a nearby bus stop.

The two 22-year-olds targeted told officers they had been sprayed with an unknown substance.

It is now believed it was a type of pepper spray used in a hate crime attack.

Police say they are looking for five suspects. They are described as:

  • A black male in a black beanie hat, grey tracksuit with dark elbow patches and a gilet-type jacket
  • A light-skinned black male with a ‘chin strap beard’ and a tall, muscular build
  • A black male with a hooded top with white scribbles on it
  • A suspect with a dark navy tracksuit with multiple white stripes on the legs
  • A black male with a larger build than the other men, with curly short hair, green tracksuit trousers and a black puffa-style jacket.

Detective Constable Amy Cross said: “This was a completely unprovoked and targeted attack on at least two members of the public, with a further two victims not yet in contact with police.

“Both the attack and the homophobic motivation of this assault are abhorrent, and I appeal to anyone with any information that could assist the investigation to come forward.”

To do so, call 101. 

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