Homophobic Whitechapel attack condemned by Mayor Lutfur Rahman
PUBLISHED: 10:12 26 June 2014 | UPDATED: 11:59 26 June 2014
A violent attack on a gay couple in Whitechapel that led to two arrests has been condemned by the Mayor of Tower Hamlets, who said everyone has the right to walk the streets without fear.
Walter Adrian and his partner, both in their early 20s, were outside Barclays bank at 1.30am on June 13, when a group of men on bikes approached them, yelling insults and punching and kicking Walter and his partner, causing minor injuries.
Mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “I wholeheartedly condemn the homophobic attacks that took place in Whitechapel on June 13.
“Everyone has the right to walk our streets safely without fear of attack.
“I note reports that arrests have been made and encourage anyone with any additional information to contact the police.”
Two 16-year-olds were arrested over the attack and taken to an east London police station, and were later bailed to return on July 4 pending further enquiries.
A Tower Hamlets Council spokesman said police confirmed the case would be referred to the Tower Hamlets Hate Incident Panel for a review.
He added: “There is no place for hate in Tower Hamlets and we take a zero-tolerance approach to homophobia.
“Across all religions, partner organisations and community groups there is unanimity in the belief that by working together we can build a strong and cohesive community.”