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Appeal after violent homophobic attack on train

PUBLISHED: 15:24 11 August 2014 | UPDATED: 14:30 27 August 2014

The victim was punched, kicked, and verbally abused on an early morning commuter train between Charing Cross station and Bexleyheath (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The victim was punched, kicked, and verbally abused on an early morning commuter train between Charing Cross station and Bexleyheath (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

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Can you help find the violent thug who subjected a man to a violent and homophobic abuseon a train between Charing Cross and Bexleyheath?

British Transport Police are looking for a Chinese man, aged around 35, who was wearing a casual dark grey shirt, black trousers, and black shoes. He was around 5’9” tall and built proportionally.

He attacked a fellow passenger on an early-morning train between Charing Cross and Bexleyheath on Tuesday 15 July.

PC Michael Willoughby, investigating, said: “The victim boarded the train at Charing Cross around 5.30am. During the journey a man sat opposite him and began making homophobic comments to him and began taking pictures of the victim on his phone.

“The victim challenged the man, but was punched and kicked in return.”

Officers are appealing to anyone who was on the service at the time and who may have information about what took place.

Anyone with information should contact British Transport Police by calling 0800 40 50 40 or texting 61016 quoting SSUB/B6 of 7/8/14. Alternatively contact the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 anonymously.

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