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17 year old male arrested after police release shocking CCTV footage of man being kicked and punched by gang in an unprovok

On Friday 11 September at 07.00, City of London Police officers arrested a 17 year old male on suspicion of grievous bodily harm at an address in Tower hamlets.

The CCTV footage from Tower Bridge was released on 27 July showing a victim being viciously attacked by a group of 10 to 12 young men.

There are still several outstanding suspects and police would like to appeal to anyone with more information to come forward and help catch those responsible.

The attack took place on Sunday 31 May at approximately 22.00 where a 29 year old man was walking along Tower Bridge from the south side after returning from a friend’s wedding. He was approached by a group of men walking from the opposite direction.

As the group walked past, one of them punched the victim in the back of the head. As he fell to the ground, the other men joined in and forcibly kicked him in the head several times. The sustained attack lasted approximately one minute with the victim suffering cuts and bruises.

The men are described as being in their mid/late teens to early 20’s and of Asian appearance. They spoke with local East London accents and were dressed in hooded tops, jackets and tracksuit bottoms. Two of the men were also riding on TFL hired bikes.

Police Constable Oliver Gent from the City of London police said, “So far we have made one arrest but would like to catch all of those responsible as the group’s next victim might end up with very serious injuries.

“If you were on Tower Bridge during the time of the attack, or recognise any of these men from the CCTV footage, please contact us.”

We would like to appeal to anyone with information, to call the City of London Police on 020 7601 2222.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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