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Blackheath assault: Gang chokes man unconscious in vile homophobic attack before stealing his car

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A gang of thugs choked a man unconscious and beat his head against the pavement in a vile homophobic attack before stealing his car, police have said.

A 36-year-old man was set upon by up to six people in Blackheath Common on Sunday, Scotland Yard said.

He was repeatedly punched in the face and held around his neck, causing him to lose consciousness.

The gang, said to consist of about five males and possibly one female, then dragged him across the ground by his hood and hit his face against the pavement.

An aerial view of Blackheath Common, where the victim was attacked (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Throughout the attack, the gang used homophobic words, Met Police said.

They then stole the victim’s car keys and drove off his white Peugeot 208 Access, which contained his mobile phone and wallet.

Officers were called just before 10.30pm and found the victim bleeding, with bruising to the face.

He was treated at the scene by paramedics and taken to hospital. He has since been discharged but is suffering from his injuries and is still in shock.

One of the males was described as white, with a thin face, thin lips and speaking with a London accent. He was wearing a grey hooded jumper.

Investigating officer Det Con Adam Pearce said: “This was a completely unprovoked and targeted assault and we believe there may be further victims not yet in contact with police.

“Both the attack and the homophobic motivation of this assault are abhorrent and I appeal to anyone with any information that could assist the investigation to come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101, quoting reference CAD 7270 of April 7, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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