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Teenagers sentenced following homophobic incident – London

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Two teenage boys have been sentenced at Bexley Magistrates’ Court following an incident on the Jubilee Line last October. 
The 17-year-old and 16-year-old boys from Newham (who cannot be named for legal reasons) appeared on Friday 11 May where they were handed a 12 month referral order and were each ordered to pay a £20 victim surcharge and £150 compensation. 
The incident happened shortly after 11pm on 21 October between West Ham and North Greenwich London Underground stations. 
The victims, a 19-year-old man and a 26-year-old man, were travelling on a westbound Jubilee Line train between West Ham and North Greenwich with friends. They were dressed in fancy dress for an event they were attending.
The two defendants, who joined the service at West Ham, then made derogatory comments during the journey. 
When challenged, the boys became more aggressive. One of the boys then pulled the 19-year-old victim from his seat, placing him in a headlock and forcing him to apologise for being gay.
Following a public appeal for information, the two boys were identified. 
The 17-year-old was charged with a public order offence, the 16-year-old was charged with assault by beating. Both pleaded guilty to these offences. 
Chief Inspector Chris Casey from British Transport Police, said: “The behaviour of these two boys was completely disgraceful. They targeted their victims with homophobic abuse and violence, forcing one of them to apologies for being gay. Their attitude and aggression was shocking. 
“I hope this case shows that BTP always take incidents like this seriously. We will never tolerate hate crime on the rail network. We will always work hard to trace offenders and bring them before the courts. 

“I would urge anyone who is a victim of a hate crime, or who witnesses it, to get in touch with us by sending a text to 61016 or by calling 0800 40 50 40.” 
Steve Burton, Director of Compliance and Policing at Transport for London, said: “Hate crime has absolutely no place in the capital, and public transport is no exception. I hope this sentencing reassures our customers that we, alongside the police, take these crimes extremely seriously. Every report is fully investigated and we are determined to completely remove this type of behaviour from our network, and ensure it remains a safe environment for all.”

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