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London bus attack: Fifth arrest made over homophobic attack

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A fifth teenager has been arrested after a couple were subjected to a homophobic attack and robbery by a gang when they refused to kiss on a bus.
Thomas Hornall, Press Association
June 8 2019 8:43 PM
A fifth teenager has been arrested after a couple were subjected to a homophobic attack and robbery by a gang when they refused to kiss on a bus.
The assault on Melania Geymonat, 28, and her girlfriend Chris happened on the top of a double-decker London night bus as they were travelling from West Hampstead to Camden Town, north London.
A 16-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated burglary on Saturday morning, Scotland Yard said.
The arrest came after four males aged between 15 and 18 were arrested on suspicion of robbery and aggravated GBH on Friday.
All five suspects have been bailed to a date in July, the force said, adding that officers are not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.
A group of young men allegedly began harassing the two women when they discovered they were a couple, asking them to kiss while making sexual gestures.
Both women were taken to hospital for treatment to facial injuries after the incident in the early hours of May 30.
Miss Geymonat said in a Facebook post that the gang behaved like “hooligans”, throwing money at the couple before punching them in an attack which left them covered in blood.
She told BBC Radio 4’s World At One she had never before been physically attacked because of her sexuality, and was surprised it had happened in London.
“I know that there is a lot of violence, horrible violence, all the time.

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