Stephen McNeice
Stephen McNeice

10.34 8 Jun 2019


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A fifth person has been arrested in the UK in connection with a homophobic attack against two women.

The incident happened on a bus in Camden in London at around 2:30am on the morning of Thursday May 30th.

Melania Geymonat (28) and her girlfriend Chris were on a night bus when a group of males started to make lewd and homophobic comments and asked them to kiss.

The women were then attacked and punched several times, before those responsible ran off the bus.

A phone and bag were stolen during the incident.

The attack has been widely condemned, including by London Mayor Sadiq Khan:

As part of the investigation, four teenage boys aged between 15 and 18 were arrested yesterday on suspicion of robbery and aggravated grievous bodily harm (GBH).

They're still being questioned at separate London police stations.

This morning, a 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated GBH, and is now being questioned by police.

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox of the Met Police said: “A number of active enquires are in hand to trace other individuals suspected to have been involved in the incident.

"Lots of people will understandably be outraged by this attack. Our efforts to trace all the suspects involved and bring them in for questioning will be relentless."

Police have also assured Londoners that such attacks are rare, adding that extra officers will be on patrol this weekend.

Detectives are continuing to appeal to any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them.

Main image: Melania Geymonat (right) and her partner Chris | Image: Facebook/Melania Ps

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