BRITAIN : British police said Friday they had made four arrests in the case of what they called a homophobic attack on two women who were assaulted and robbed on the deserted top deck of a double-decker bus in North London last month.
Four teenagers aged 15 to 18 were arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm, the Metropolitan Police of London said in a statement.
Reports of homophobic hate crimes have risen steadily in London over the last four years, according to the Metropolitan Police’s crime statistics, with 2,308 reported in 2018, up from 1,488 in 2014. Police have attributed the increase, in part, to a greater willingness of victims and the public to report anti-gay crimes.
The attack took place around 2:30 a.m. May 30 on a bus heading toward the neighborhood of Camden, according to the statement.
The women, sitting on the upper deck, were approached by “four males who began to make lewd and homophobic comments to them,” police said. The two women were “punched several times” and robbed, police said, and were treated at a hospital for facial injuries.