British Transport Police is appealing for information after a man was subjected to homophobic abuse and assaulted at Leeds train station.
Officers have released images of two men they want to identify and speak to following the incident, which occurred at 3.10am on Saturday July 5.
PC Daniel Worthington, the investigating officer, said: “The victim, a 21-year-old man from Leeds, was in McDonald’s restaurant in the station when he was approached by a group of four men.
“After initially engaging him in conversation, the group then followed the victim to the taxi rank where they began to shout homophobic abuse at him. Two members of the group then attacked the victim, punching him in the head and face before running off.”
The victim sustained swelling and bruising to his face and a cut lip following the attack.
PC Worthington said: “No one should be assaulted or abused in such a way for any reason, including their sexual orientation. We take incidents of this nature very seriously and simply will not tolerate this type of deplorable behaviour on the rail network.
“If you recognise the men pictured please come forward as we believe they may be able to assist in this investigation.”
If you recognise the men in the CCTV images or can assist the investigation in any way, call British Transport Police on 0800 405040 or text 61016 quoting log PSUB/B3 of 11/07/14.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.