Officers are searching for men suspected of a brutal homophobic attack on a late night train from London Liverpool Street to Shoeburyness in Essex.
The victim was alleged to have been hit several times in the head in an “unprovoked” attack as he went to leave Upminster station.
CCTV images of the suspects have been released following the shocking assault that caused him to fall to the floor.
The attack took place at 11.39pm and the victim sustained bruises after being knocked unconscious.
“The comments became increasingly aggressive, at one point one of them said ‘gays should strung up’”
British Transport Police spokesman
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Shortly after midnight on April 14, the victim was travelling with his partner when a group of men began making a number of homophobic comments.
“The comments became increasingly aggressive, at one point one of them said ‘gays should strung up‘.
“When the victim went to leave the train at Upminster station, he was punched a number of times in the head in an unprovoked attack, causing him to fall to the platform.
“The victim was left unconscious for a number of minutes and sustained a number of bruises.
“The assault happened on board the 11.39pm service from London Liverpool Street to Shoeburyness.
“Officers believe the men shown in the CCTV images may have information which could help them investigate.
“No one should ever be targeted with abuse or violent because of who they are, or who they love.”