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Second male arrested after victim was kicked and punched by gang

City of London Police officers have today (29 September) at 07.15 arrested a second 17 year old male on suspicion of grievous bodily harm at an address in Tower hamlets.

This follows a previous arrest of another 17 year old male who was arrested in the same area on Friday 11 September on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Both have been bailed until early December.

The City of London Police released CCTV footage from Tower Bridge 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, “We have now made two arrests 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 101.

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

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