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Police appeal over unprovoked homophobic attack

CCTV of men
BTP
These men are believed to have information on the attack

Police today released CCTV images of men wanted in connection with a homophobic attack on a train from London to Essex that left a man temporarily unconscious.

The victim was travelling with his partner at around midnight on 14 April when a group of men began making a number of increasingly homophobic comments.

British Transport Police (BTP) reported one of them saying "gays should be strung up”.

The victim was then punched a number of times in the head as he left the train at Upminster station.

The man fell to the platform and was unconscious for some minutes. He suffered bruises following the assault on board the 23:39 service from London Liverpool Street to Shoeburyness.

BTP believe the men in the images may have information on the incident.

UK heatwave: Rail companies urge passengers not to travel

With temperatures predicted to soar to an unprecedented high of 39C (102F) today, many train companies in the eastern region are urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Network Rail has announced that speed restrictions will be in place for most of the day because of fears that rail tracks could buckle.

Thameslink, Great Northern and Southern have said there will be delays and cancellations to services across the whole network.

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East Midlands trains are not calling at Bedford and Southern trains to Milton Keynes are not running.

Greater Anglia has advised people against travelling unless its urgent.

John Halsall, from Network Rail, said: "I've been working on the railway for 10 years - I've never encountered temperatures like this or put in the level of blanket speeds that we're talking about.

"We're not making this decision easily but it is essential in terms of passenger safety."