A delivery driver has been hailed a hero for jumping on a suspected thief during an attempted robbery on armoured security van in Whitechapel.
The have-a-go hero witnessed two robbers on a moped punching a security guard and grabbing a cash box near Algate East station.
As the robbers tried to getaway, the courier and a colleague jumped out of their van and tackled one of the suspects.
Bystanders watched as the delivery driver pinned him to the floor until police arrived.
The have-a-go hero is described as an Asian man in his twenties. He stayed at the scene where he was congratulated by the watching crowds.
Detectives investigating the armed robbery of shop in Whitechapel, in which a staff member was assaulted and others threatened with knives and hammers, have released images of South Asian-style jewellery similar to that which was stolen.
Stephen Ward, a director of Pride in London said more relaxed attitudes towards gay people in London could create a false sense of security.
City Hall says London mayor Boris Johnson is working on a new strategy to cut homophobic attacks. Officials are in talks with gay campaign groups and charities including Stonewall and Galop.
The Deputy Mayor for Police and Crime in Stephen Greenhalgh is expected to reveal more when he represents the mayor at the Pride in London parade on Saturday.
In April and May, attacks jumped more than 10% on the same period in 2013. The number of crimes rose from 193 to 213.
Two homophobic attacks in five days has highlighted a worrying rise in gay hate crime in London.
- A 23-year-old fashion journalist was left unconscious after he and his partner were beaten up at a cashpoint in Whitechapel ten days ago
- Just days earlier another 23-year-old was sprayed with ammonia outside a gay nightclub in Vauxhall
- Scotland Yard figures show a 7% increase in homophobic attacks in London in the last year
- The number of crimes rose from 1,106 to 1,185
A teenage gang hurled a barrage of abuse at a gay couple as they walked around east London before assaulting them. 23-year-old Walter Adrian and his boyfriend were attacked by a gang of Bangladeshi teenagers on Whitechapel Road after leaving a party earlier this month.
Speaking to the Evening Standard, Walter Adrian said "We weren't even holding hands or kissing or anything, but all the comments were based on us being gay. One of them said 'f****** f******' so we wanted to try and leave and my partner pushed one of them but then they got physical.