Officers are appealing for information and witnesses after a man was assaulted in what is being treated as a homophobic assault.
At approximately 02:15hrs on Tuesday, 3 March, the victim, a 37-year-old man, was heading toward Piccadilly Circus tube station before seeing the station appeared to be closed.
He then turned away from the station and asked three men nearby if they knew if the station was closed. One of the men then shouted at the victim, using homophobic language.
The three men have then approached the victim and pushed him into the road. Once the victim was on the floor the group proceeded to assault him.
The victim managed to run across the road towards the Hard Rock Café. The three men followed him and attacked him for a second time.
The group then left the scene in the direction of Shaftesbury Avenue.
The victim was taken to hospital and later released. He sustained bruising as a result of the attack.
The three men are all thought to be in their early 20s and may be of Middle Eastern appearance. One of the men was wearing a distinctive light wash denim jacket with a white trim on the collar.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable John McNally, said: “This was a completely unprovoked and vicious assault on the victim, seemingly motivated by homophobia. Though thankfully not seriously injured, the victim has understandably been left very shaken by the incident.
“The Met takes a zero tolerance approach to homophobic crime; it is absolutely unacceptable that anyone should feel intimidated to go about their daily lives due to their sexual orientation.”
Three men – all aged 21 years old – have been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm. All have since been released under investigation.
If you have any information about this incident please call 101 quoting CAD 575/03March or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.