1. ITV Report

Vicious homophobic Halloween attack by thugs dressed in fairy costumes

Police are hunting for two thugs who dressed up in fairy costumes and subjected two young men to a terrifying homophobic attack.

The pair, who were wearing pink tutus, shouted abuse as they kicked their victims, aged 18 and 21, in the head during a Halloween night out in Surbiton, south London.

Robbie Kingsford's injuries following the attack in Surbiton Credit: Facebook/Brian Kingsford

Police say the victims were walking along Victoria Road when they passed a group of men and women who hurled a string of homophobic abuse at them.

Shortly after, two of them punched and kicked their victims until a passer-by managed to intervene and stop the attack.

The father of one of the victims, Robbie Kingsford, posted a picture on Facebook.

My son had this happen to him in Surbiton High Street... the two people that did this were dressed as pink fairies and the police are now looking for them.

These thugs need to be caught if you know who these two people were and have any conscience please report them to the police as next time they may just kill someone.

I will add that police have my sons clothing for DNA testing and checking all CCTV cameras so if these two are known they will get caught.

– Brian Kingsford

Robbie Kingsford also thanked everyone for their messages of support.

Thank you to everyone who has given support and help after what has happened to me I have passed on the photos and names provided by people who would like to remain anonymous to the police and the officer... I hope one day I can return the favour and help you all somehow.

– Robbie Kingsford

The attack happened in the early hours of Saturday morning.

This was a violent and unprovoked hate crime and I am appealing for anyone with any information about the incident to contact me.

The two suspects were distinctively dressed, probably due to Halloween, and I would urge anyone who recognises their description and who may know who they are to contact me and help us trace them.

– Trainee Detective Constable Ann-Marie Hodgkiss, Met Police

Anyone with information can contact the Community Safety Unit at Kingston Police Station on 0208 721 5858 or via 101, or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.