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Police investigate homophobic YouTube video

APPEAL: Police are urging the victim, pictured, of a verbal homophobic attack to come forward

OFFICERS ARE appealing for help in tracking down a small group of individuals, dubbed "muslim vigilantes," captured on tape harassing an innocent man and subjecting him to homophobic taunts.

They are particularly hoping to trace the victim of the attack, which took place in the borough of Tower Hamlets, to come forward and have released a screen grab from the uploaded video.

In the distressing YouTube video, called 'Muslim vigilantes in London harass and taunt gay male,' shows a small group verbally harass and intimidate a man using homophobic language.

It is not clear to officers at this time where this incident took place or when, but they are investigating a series of incidents that took place over the course of the weekend of 12/13 January in east London.

The Community Safety Unit on Tower Hamlets borough is investigating this series of incidents, of which this is one.

Detective Chief Inspector Wendy Morgan from Tower Hamlets borough said: "The Met takes such homophobic behaviour very seriously. This man is a crucial witness in the investigation and would encourage him and anyone else with information relating to this incident to make contact in confidence as soon as possible."

Additional police patrols are being mounted across east London to reassure our communities.

So far two people have been arrested in connection with this investigation, including this homophobic incident.

A 22-year-old man was arrested in the Acton area on Sunday [Jan 20] and a 19-year-old man, who voluntarily attended an east London police station on Monday [Jan 21].

Both have been bailed to return to an east London police station on a dates in February and March pending further enquiries.

Anyone with information relevant to the investigation is asked to contact police at Community Safety unit. DI Cliff Jones, DS Chris Bagshaw or DC Stacey Yarker can be called on 020 7275 4758 or via 101. They can also be emailed at thcsu@met.police.uk or Crimestoppers can be called anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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