Gay couple beaten up by hooded thugs in vicious homophobic attack in central London

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A manhunt has been launched after two men were targeted in a vicious homophobic attack near Waterloo station.

The victims, aged 53 and 49, were rushed to hospital following the “shocking” assault, with one of the men losing a number of teeth.

The couple was set upon by four hooded men in Windmill Walk at about 12.50am on Sunday, July 30, Scotland Yard said.

Police and paramedics were scrambled to the scene and took the victims to a south London hospital. The two men have since been discharged.

Officers are treating the attack as a suspected hate crime and are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

The suspects are described as white and wearing hooded tops. One of them spoke with a strong Northern Irish accent, officers said.

Detectives have released e-fits of two men they are trying to trace following the attack.

No arrests have been made.

Detective Constable Matt Cockroft, from Lambeth CID, said: “This was a shocking attack on two men who were simply walking along the road.

“I would urge anyone who recognises either of these men to contact us. I would also like to speak with anyone who witnessed the assault but has not yet to come forward.”

Any witnesses and anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or Tweet via @MetCC.

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