Met ‘failed to investigate third attack outside Two Brewers pub’

Met Police fails to investigate third attack outside Clapham club
Sunday’s attack at the Two Brewers in Clapham placed a spotlight on homophobic hate crime (Picture: PA/Met Police/Getty)

A man has accused the Metropolitan Police of failing to contact him after he was allegedly assaulted outside the Clapham pub where a homophobic attack took place a week later.

ITV News reported that the man was left with a black eye and bleeding nose after being punched near the Two Brewers on August 6.

The anonymous victim told the news channel: ‘There was a group of guys standing down the side of the Two Brewers and when I turned around I saw a random guy running towards me and before I knew it he had punched me in the face.

‘I obviously brought my hands up to my face to see what had just happened and when I moved my hands away from my face they were covered in blood and the guy had run away.’

He reported the attack, but said officers had not made an effort to contact him.

His boyfriend, who contacted the police again yesterday, said the lack of response made him ‘very angry’.

ITV said a representative from the Met reached out to the victim, who is aged in his thirties, after the press office was approached for a comment.

A spokesman for the force said a crime report had been created and ‘enquiries into the circumstances continue’, and urged anyone with information to call 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 1266/6Aug.

The sign for the Two Brewers hangs beside a gay pride flag in Clapham High Street, south London, after two men were taken to hospital after being stabbed in a homophobic attack at around 10.15pm on Sunday. Picture date: Monday August 14, 2023. PA Photo. The pair, one aged in their 20s and the other in their 30s, were in Clapham High Street, south London when they were targeted. They were treated in hospital and discharged. Metropolitan Police are searching for the suspect in the attack they are treating as homophobic. See PA story POLICE Clapham. Photo credit should read: Victoria Jones/PA Wire
The Met said there was no record of the August 6 attack being homophobically motivated, and no apparent link to the stabbings a week later (Picture: PA)

(Picture: Met Police) Detectives investigating a homophobic attack on two men outside the Two Brewers venue in Clapham have released an image of a male they want to identify. The image was taken from outside the venue at the time of the attack.
The Met released an image of a man officers want to identify (Picture: Met Police)

Earlier today, investigators released a CCTV image of a man they want to identify in connection with the homophobic stabbing of two men outside the Two Brewers on August 13.

Both victims, one of whom is in his twenties with the other in his thirties, were rushed to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged.

Detective Chief Inspector Jivan Saib said: ‘I am asking the public to look at this image and see if they recognise this individual – it is vital that we identify and locate him as soon as possible.’

In a statement on Instagram following the attack, one of the victims said: ‘I’ve not been left feeling sad, nor angry, or confused…

‘I’ve just been left with so many questions…to think what can lead to changing a person’s mind that much that they can feel its ok to attack anyone…whatever their reasons…and how we can change that.’

Two Brewers posted a statement on their Instagram which read: ‘We would like to thank you all for your very kind messages of support and solidarity, we read them all and are touched by your kindness.

‘Our continuous thoughts are with the victims of this horrific attack.

‘For now, it’s business as usual, we won’t let this cruel attack grind us down, let’s keep spreading the love!’

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