Police Investigate Homophobic Attack at Ealing Broadway Station

Appeal for any witnesses to the incident on GWR train


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train attack victims Phil Poole and Zybnek Zatloukal
Phil Poole and Zybnek Zatloukal

Two men left injured after being beaten up by a gang in a homophobic attack on an Ealing train have been speaking about their ordeal.

Phil Poole, 35, from Maidenhead was returning home on the GWR train from Reading with his partner Zbynek Zatloukal after a Valentine's meal.

The pair had missed their stop and around five men boarded the service to London Paddington and started making homophobic comments.

When they were asked to stop the gang began their assault, Mr Poole lost two teeth and suffered bruising and cuts, his partner was also battered and bruised.

The assault ended when the train pulled into Ealing Broadway and the gang escaped.

Mr Poole says it has left him with sleeping problems and flashbacks.

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police (BTP) said: "We are aware and investigating an incident at Ealing Broadway in which two men were assaulted.

"The incident happened on Wednesday, February 15 on a Great Western Railway train at Ealing Broadway.

"The call came into police at 1.04am.

"The two men were taken to hospital by ambulance after they suffered cuts and bruising.

"Anyone with any information about the incident should contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or 61016 citing reference 30 of 15/02/16."

We have asked BTP if they have CCTV images of the gang who fled at Ealing Broadway station and awaiting further information.


February 28th 2017

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