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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 October 2005, 04:28 GMT 05:28 UK
Man murdered in homophobic attack
A man has been beaten to death in an attack on Clapham Common in south London which murder squad detectives are treating as a homophobic incident.

The 24-year-old victim was found unconscious in the early hours of Saturday but died later in hospital.

Det Chief Insp Nick Scola said the attack happened on The Avenue side of the Common and appealed for anyone in the area at the time to come forward.

Police are looking for two white men described as being in their 20s.

'Others at risk'

Bob Hodgson from the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, and Transgender advisory group, said: "The main focus at this time is to catch the people that murdered this young man.

"This is a time for people from the community to come forward if they know anything at all.

"If you don't come forward with what you know you could potentially be putting other people at risk in the future."

Police have not yet named the victim but said next of kin had been informed.

The first suspect is described as about 20, 6 ft tall, while the second man is about the same age but said to be shorter and stockier than the first man.

Borough Commander Jo Royle, from Wandsworth police, said: "If you have been the victim of an attack in the area then we need you to tell us or you call Crimestoppers in confidence, they don't ask who you are just what you know."




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