Jubilee Line homophobic attack: Two arrested on suspicion of putting teenager in headlock and forcing him to apologise for being gay

Police have thanked the public for their response to the appeal

Police have thanked the public for their response to the appeal

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Two teenage boys have been arrested after police appealed for information regarding a homophobic attack whose victim was put in a headlock and forced to apologise for being gay.

British Transport Police issued images of two people officers wanted to speak to in connection with the assault, which occurred on the Jubilee line last month.

Two 16-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of assault today (December 5) and are currently in custody. Police have thanked the public for their response.

The incident took place on October 21 when a pair of youths attacked a 19-year-old man, who was wearing fancy dress and was on his way to a party.

One of the assailants grabbed him, placed him in a headlock and ordered him to apologise for being gay. The victim, who could not breathe, eventually did as they said. 

The attackers also snatched the victim's phone and threatened to stab him in order to make him apologise for being gay. 

The youths returned his phone when they released him from the headlock but assaulted his friend who was trying to help him. She suffered bruising after being punched and knocked to the ground. 

Police say the attack took place on a westbound train between West Ham and North Greenwich, at around 11.10am.