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Police are investigating after two men were stabbed in what is being treated as a homophobic attack on Clapham High Street in London.

The incident took place at 10:15pm on Sunday, 13 August as the two men, aged in their 20s and 30s, stood outside the Two Brewers nightclub.

They were approached by a man who attacked them with a knife before running away, police confirmed in a statement.

They were both taken to hospital for treatment and have since been discharged.

Detective Inspector Gary Castle, of the Central South Command Unit, said: “We are acutely aware of the shock this attack will cause members of the LGBT+ community and want to reassure people that an urgent investigation is ongoing to locate the person responsible.

“We recently announced the reinstatement of LGBT+ community liaison officers for each of our 12 BCUs in London to support and advise on investigations where homophobia is a motive, and to ensure the community has a dedicated point of contact to address any concerns they may have.”

Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, described the attack as “abhorrent” and said “there is no place for hate” in the city. 

“To LGBTQ+ Londoners: I stand with you and will do all I can to end homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime in the capital,” he continued.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD 7198/13Aug. 

You can also provide information anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.