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Police Need Help Investigating an ‘Abhorrent’ Hate Crime in Guildford

Published on: 22 May, 2022
Updated on: 24 May, 2022

…either of these men?

Do you recognise…

Surrey Police officers investigating a hate crime in Guildford are appealing for help to identify two men.

On Saturday, April 30, the victim was in the Casino nightclub with his friends when a man began verbally abusing him with homophobic language before punching him in the face.

After the victim left the nightclub, sometime between 4am and 5am, the same attacker approached him on Onslow Street, outside Guildford Magistrates’ Court, and verbally abused him, again using homophobic language.

The man then punched the victim in the face several times before he fell to the ground and a second man kicked him. The two men then left the scene and the victim was taken to hospital to receive treatment for his serious injuries.

Map showing where the attacks took place. Google Maps

Police Constable Caroline Janaway, who is investigating the incident, said: “This was an abhorrent assault on a man who had been relentlessly targeted for no other reason besides his perceived sexuality. Hate Crime of any kind has absolutely no place in Surrey and we will leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators to justice.

“We believe the men seen in these CCTV images may be able to help with our investigation. Although we appreciate the images are blurry, if you think you know them, please get in contact with us straight away.”

A police spokesperson added: “If you have any information that may be able to help, please contact us quoting PR/45220045554 via:

“If you do not wish to leave your name, please call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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