Serious homophobic assault outside Troxy Commercial Road

Tower Hamlets detectives are appealing for information after a serious homophobic assault outside the Troxy in Commercial Road on 3rd December after a themed night at the club.

Injuries sustained by Gordon Maxwell

At approximately 03:00hrs on 3 December 2017, the victim Gordon Maxwell left the main entrance of the Troxy Club on Commercial Road after attending a themed night that was held at the venue.

Mr Maxwell  was wearing a white dress, ‘Doctor Martin’ boots and a brown jacket. Mr Maxwell is around 6ft tall, of a slim build, with a goatee beard. He was attacked as he left the venue at approximately 03:00hrs.

Description of suspects

A man (Suspect One) was standing at some nearby barriers outside the club and made a homophobic comment towards Mr Maxwell.

He is described as a white man, of medium build.

He was wearing a blue coat with the hood up and a white peak coming out of the hood.

A second man (Suspect 2 pictured left) ran over to the victim before punching him to the right side of his face.

The suspect is described as aged between 19 and 28 years old, of an Asian or black appearance.

He was wearing a blue puffa-style jacket with the hood up and a silver/white emblem on the left upper arm, dark tracksuit trousers with white lettering on the left leg and dark trainers with thick white soles.

Fractured cheek bone

Following the attack, Mr Maxwell went back to the club and sought medical assistance from door staff.

He later attended hospital where it was confirmed that he had a fractured cheek bone that would require reconstructive surgery.

“We take hate crime like this extremely seriously, and will do out utmost to bring perpetrators of this type of unacceptable attack, to justice,” said Detective Constable Alice Tiritas from Tower Hamlets CID.

“If there is anyone out there who saw these two men or heard them abuse Gordon, please contact us as a matter of urgency.”

Contact information

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 7275 4601 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

No arrests have been made and enquiries continue.



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