Police have appealed after a man was hospitalized in a homophobic attack in South London’s Burgess Park.
Officers were called after the 55-year-old male victim was approached at 1.40 a.m. Saturday by a man he did not know, while he was walking in the park with two friends. The man yelled homophobically insultingly before hitting the victim on the head and running off on foot along Albany Road.
Emergency services attended and the victim was taken to hospital for treatment.
The Metropolitan Police have asked for help identifying a man they believe was involved in the attack. He was seen on cameras along Albany Road and police said he is a young man, possibly in his early 20s, wearing an ear stud and carrying a plastic JD Sports bag on his back.
A Met Police spokesperson said: “Even though his face is not shown in this image, it is hoped that someone will recognize the man. The investigation is ongoing, including a search for any additional CCTV footage.”
The victim’s injuries are not life-threatening.
Burgess Park is one of the largest green spaces in South London and a popular family location.
Commander Dr. Alison Heydari, Frontline Policing, said: “We have made it clear that tackling violent crime is the Met’s top priority and we are seeing positive results. This kind of violence is not tolerated, especially if it is exacerbated by a homophobic motive.
“Officers from the Met’s Central South BCU are already working rapidly to identify the man responsible for this attack. I can assure the Londoners that our investigation will be thorough, well-resourced and as diligent as necessary to bring the person responsible to justice.”
Anyone with information or anyone who knows the identity of the man in the photo should call 101 and quote CAD 650/14may. Contact Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.