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.
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.
In his Police and Crime Plan, launched in March last year, the Mayor made dealing with hate crime, including against LGBT people, a priority and he has already delivered on his commitment to work with the Met to ensure that there is a designated LGBT liason officer for every borough.
– City Hall spokesman
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.
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.