Officers in Lambeth Borough are appealing for witnesses and information following three suspected homophobic attacks in Clapham between August and October 2014.
Police are appealing for users of Clapham Common, the victims of any hate crime and potential witnesses from the local community including the Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Community to come forward and report any incidents they have witnessed or experienced.
Only one incident has been reported to police. This was when police were called to reports of an assault in Windmill Drive, SW4 on Saturday, 30 August at approximately 16:09hrs. The victim, an 18-28-year old male, was approached by two men who threatened him because he was gay.
One of the men tried to punch the victim but missed and the victim ran away. The victim called the police and reported the crime anonymously and explained that he did not want to take the matter any further.
Officers have had a meeting with Clapham Common Advisory Committee and have been made aware of a further two incidents, which have not been reported.
PC David Brunton, Lambeth LGBT Liaison Officer, said: “We have heard there have been a number of attacks on the LGBT community which has not been reported to Police. We take homophobic crime incredibly seriously and would urge any victims to come forward to the Police, Lambeth Council or organisations like GALOP – who are a LGBT anti-violence and abuse charity.
If you have been a victim of crime or know any information please contact Lambeth Police on 101 or email David.Brunton @met.police.uk“.
Alternatively you can email Mark Healey Lambeth’s Hate Crime Prevention Coordinator mhealey1 @Lambeth.gov.uk or use Lambeth Council’s on-line Hate Crime Reporting Form at http://www.lambeth.gov.uk/forms/report-a-hate-crime-form alternatively GALOP provide an independent and confidential service at http://www.galop.org.uk/