Police release photo of man they want to speak to over homophobic stabbings

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to following homophobic stabbings in southwest London – as one of the victims said he had “so many questions”.

The image was “taken from outside the venue at the time of the attack”, Scotland Yard said.

Two men, in their 20s and 30s, were assaulted outside the Two Brewers bar in Clapham on Sunday evening and taken to hospital.

They have since been discharged.

It is “vital” that officers “identify and locate” the person in the picture “as soon as possible”, said Detective Chief Inspector Jivan Saib.

“I am asking the public to look at this image and see if they recognise this individual,” he added.

Officers have “collated witness accounts and scoured CCTV for evidence”, Mr Saib continued.

“I appreciate those who have come forward and spoken to police but would ask that if you were in the area and saw these events unfold, but have yet to contact us, then please do so.”

The attack happened outside the Two Brewers pub on Clapham High Street

In a statement on Instagram, one of the victims said he was not sad or angry but had “been left (with) so many questions”.

He added: “What can lead to changing a person’s mind that much that they feel it’s okay to attack anyone, whatever their reasons?”

He has been left wondering “how we change that”.

However, he said the experience had made him realise he “could never, and have never been, prouder, happier and more comforted by the community I am lucky enough to have as my LGBTQ+ family!”

He also thanked family and friends who have got in touch “just to check on me”.