Teenager ‘made to apologise for being gay’

A teenager was made to apologise for being gay after he was attacked on the London Underground.

The 19-year-old man had been on a westbound Jubilee line train between West Ham and North Greenwich on 21 October at around 11.10am.

He and his friends were wearing fancy dress for an event they were attending when two youths got on the train at West Ham and approached them.

The first man pulled the victim from his seat into a headlock, strangling him.

The second man took the victim’s phone and verbally abused him again, also threatening to stab him.

They demanded the victim apologise for being gay, which he eventually did, as he was struggling to breathe.

The two men then let him go, returning his phone.

But a fight broke out between the victim’s friends and the offenders, leaving a 25-year-old woman with bruising after she was punched and pushed to the ground.

The teenager was not injured.

The youths left the train at North Greenwich.

British Transport Police said in a statement: “Hate crime will not be tolerated by the British Transport Police.

“We believe everyone has the right to travel safely.

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“We won’t tolerate behaviour where someone is targeted because they are perceived to be different, or made to feel uncomfortable on their journey.”

Police released pictures of two people they want to speak to in connection with the attack, as they “may have information which could help the investigation”.