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Noxious substance thrown in the face of two men in ‘homophobic assault’

Police in London are looking to speak with victims of a suspected homophobic assault where a corrosive substance was thrown in the faces of the victims.

Police were called to McDonald’s on Brixton Road, SW9 at 04:00hrs on Saturday, 19 January following reports of an unknown substance being sprayed in the face of two men.

Officers attended and found two 22-year-old men who said they had been attacked at a bus stop.

Police report that the men advised they had been sprayed in the face with a noxious substance, believed to be pepper spray, by a man in a hate crime attack.

The men were treated at the scene by paramedics and did not require hospital treatment.

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Two other men were allegedly attacked in a similar assault 20 minutes earlier.

Detectives investigating the assault have identified that two other men may have been the victims of a similar assault in a nearby KFC 20 minutes earlier on the same night.

“Unprovoked Attack”

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Detective Constable Amy Cross, of Lambeth CID, said, “This was a completely unprovoked and targeted assault on at least two members of the public, with a possible 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.’

Anyone with information is asked to contact Lambeth CID by dialling 101 and quoting reference CAD 1206/19JAN19, Tweet @MetCC or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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