Man, 50, brutally murdered in East London cemetery in suspected ‘homophobic attack’

A 50-year-old man was found dead after a brutal attack in Tower Hamlets, which is believed to be homophobically motivated.

The man was found with a serious wound to the head as a result of the ‘horrendous’ assault at Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in East London on Monday.

A 36-year-old man has been arrested today (Friday, August 20) on suspicion of murder in connection with the attack.

Police were called to cemetery at around 7am on Monday, August 16, and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Neither the victim nor the man arrested have been named yet by police, but they have referred to the arrest as a ‘significant development’ in the investigation.

Police are desperate to hear from anyone who visited the park or was in the area during the early morning on Monday.

Detective Superintendent Pete Wallis of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: “The victim was attacked in what is suspected to be a homophobically motivated attack, but we remain open minded.

“The investigation team are working with the LGBT Advisory Group. This investigation is fast-paced, I would ask that people are aware of their surroundings and are vigilant in their personal safety.

“The concern caused by the discovery of a body in these circumstances sends ripples throughout the community and may result in people discussing information that they have.

“I urge anyone who hears anything relating to this murder to get in touch without delay.”

Superintendent Mike Hamer, Central East Leadership and Support, said: “We are shocked by the nature of this horrendous and brutal attack. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and friends at this time.

“We, and our partners within Tower Hamlets, are supporting the investigation team and are absolutely committed to bring the offender or offenders to justice.”

Police are urging anyone with information to call 0208 345 3865 to be put through to the Incident Room, call 101, or Tweet @MetCC quoting 1277/16.

Those who wish to remain anonymous can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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