CCTV of London Charing Cross Road homophobic assault

CCTV footage has been released following a homophobic assault on two men in central London.

Police want to identify four men responsible for the assault which took place at about 01:30 BST on 9 August.

Two men, aged 25 and 22, were walking along Charing Cross Road, towards Tottenham Court Road, when they were attacked by a group of four men.

Det Con Camilla Phillips said the attack on the men was "completely unprovoked."

"The victims were lucky to escape with the injuries they did, as the violent nature of the attack could easily have resulted in more serious injuries," she added.

One of the four men is seen hitting the first victim from behind who then falls to the ground unconscious.

The second victim pushed one of the group who punched him several times in the face, and shouted homophobic abuse at him.

A passer-by called police and an ambulance and both victims were taken to a central London hospital for treatment.

"This was a particularly nasty attack on two men who had been enjoying a night out together," Det Con Phillips added.

"The CCTV footage clearly shows what happened and I am keen to hear from anyone who thinks they may recognise any of the four suspects, or may have information about the incident."

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