[Ed. – When protected classes clash?]
Police are hunting a suspect after gay men were punched and told “you are not welcome” in east London.
One of the victims was punched to the ground and left with a black eye after he was attacked in Walthamstow late on evening.
Another victim was grappled with and told “you are not welcome” as he walked along the high street with his husband after a night out.
Police have released two e-fits based on detailed descriptions from both victims and are investigating the possibility that the attacks were carried out by the same man.
In the first attack on Sunday, October 8, the first victim, a 47-year-old man, was walking along Walthamstow High Street with his husband after a night out in Walthamstow Village.
They were approached by a man who asked them if he could take a picture of them and then asked if they were gay.