Two men subjected to hate crime attack outside McDonald’s

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Two men were sprayed with a corrosive substance outside a McDonald’s restaurant in London I on January 19th and the police still seek witnesses of the attack that they consider to be homophobically motivated. The two 22-year-old victims required treatment from paramedics after the incident, which took place at around 4am. Police described the incident as a “hate crime attack” and said the substance sprayed is believed have been pepper spray, using which is not legally permitted in the country. Officers believe that two other men who have not come forward may have been victims of a similar assault at a nearby KFC the same day. Lambeth detective constable Amy Cross said that the crime was targeted and unprovoked, and there could be much more victims who did not report to the authorities. London has recently seen a renewed focus on tackling hate crime, with a large investment in an online hate crime hub, it was vocally condemned by the city officials, including the Mayor Sadiq Khan.

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