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Man Comes Forward in Hunt For East London 'Muslim Patrol' Gang Victims

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A man subjected to homophobic abuse by a self-styled Muslim patrol gang has contacted police after a public appeal.

Five people have so far been arrested by Scotland Yard detectives investigating a string of incidents in east London over the weekend of 12 and 13 January where the group harassed members of the public.

Last Thursday they issued an appeal for a man seen in a YouTube video entitled "Muslim vigilantes in London harass and taunt gay male" to come forward.

On Monday, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The man contacted officers today and he is currently being interviewed by officers at an east London police station."

Four men aged 29, 25, 22 and 19 and a 17-year-old boy have so far been arrested on suspicion of GBH and public order offences. They have been bailed until March.

A video posted on YouTube showed the gang hurling homophobic abuse at the man.

They are heard to shout "get out of here you fag... don't stay around here any more".

In a second video, also posted online, men from the gang in Whitechapel tell another man "no drink in this area, it's a Muslim area" before ordering him to pour away his alcohol.

Last week, a police spokesman said: "The Metropolitan Police Service takes these incidents very seriously and is pursuing various lines of inquiry with a view to identifying and prosecuting the individuals concerned."