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Police are encouraging any witnesses to come forward after a 50-year-old man was attacked outside Charing Cross station in London last month.

The victim was subjected to homophobic abuse at a bus stop on The Strand, before he was then repeatedly punched in the head.

Scotland Yard have stated that the offenders were two white me in their twenties wearing dark jackets.

After the attack, they fled towards Trafalgar Square.

The victim was not taken to hospital, but suffered head injuries.

So far there have been no arrests, and police are urging any witnesses to come forward with information to help their investigation.

Witnesses or anyone with information about this incident are asked to contact Westminster Community Safety Unit via 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously via 0800 555 111 or crimstoppers-uk.org.

LGBTQ charity Stonewall released some shocking new statistics surrounding anti-LGBTQ incidents in the UK earlier this year.

New research showed that there has been a worrying 78% increase in hate crime against lesbian, gay and bisexual people over the past four years, jumping from 9% in 2013 to 16% in 2017.

In a new YouGov polling of over 5,000 LGBTQ people, 21% revealed that they have experienced a hate crime due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

What’s even more concerning is that a huge 81% of LGBTQ people admitted that after being a victim of hate crime they didn’t report the incident to the police.