Shoreditch anti-gay stickers: Police hunt man in photo

Man pictured at train station may hold key to homophobic abuse.

Police hunting homophobes who slapped anti-gay stickers across Shoreditch have released a photo of a man they want to talk to.

The stickers, found at various locations over the past two months, feature a rainbow flag with a line through it with the message ‘gay free zone’.

One sticker was found at Bow Church DLR station and is believed to have put there at around 4pm on February 12.

British Transport Police released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Det Con Elaine Sexton, British Transport Police, said: “We are working together with the Metropolitan Police, and have been conducting local enquiries across east London in a bid to identify those responsible for these stickers.

“These stickers are offensive and we are keen to identify the man in the images as we believe he has information which may assist the investigation.”

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The stickers, which have caused residents to come together to cover them with messages of peace, declare, ‘Arise and warn — gay free zone’ and threaten that ‘Allah is severe in punishment.’

Supt Mark Wolski, Tower Hamlets Police, said: “These stickers are divisive in nature and so we would encourage anyone with information to contact our colleagues at BTP to help identify the perpetrators.”

Anyone who recognises the man or who has any information which may assist the investigation is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.