On appeal after homophobic attack in South London park

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A man was hit on the head early Saturday morning in a homophobic attack in a south London park, police said on appeal.

The 55-year-old victim was out for a walk with two friends when a stranger approached them at 1:40 am in Burgess Park, Camberwell.

The man screamed homophobic before hitting the victim on the head and running off on foot along Albany Road, officers said.

The victim was rushed to hospital for treatment. His condition is not considered life-threatening.

Police have released an image of a man who was seen on CCTV as he walked along Albany Road and who they wished to speak to in connection with the incident.

They said he is a young man, possibly in his early twenties, wearing an ear stud and carrying a JD Sports plastic bag with strings on his back.

Although the man’s face is not seen in the image, police said they hope someone would recognize him.

They added that they are continuing to look for additional CCTV footage as part of their investigation.

Commander Dr. Alison Heydari, of Frontline Policing, said: “We have made it clear that tackling violent crime is the top priority of the Met 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 Londoners that our investigation will be thorough, well-resourced and as meticulous as it takes to bring the person responsible to justice.”

Anyone with information or anyone who knows the identity of the man pictured is requested to call 101 and quote CAD 650/May 14. Contact Crimestoppers to remain anonymous.

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