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Victim of homophobic Clapham nightclub stabbing ‘left with so many questions’

Victim of homophobic Clapham nightclub stabbing ‘left with so many questions’
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One of the two men injured in the attack outside the Two Brewers bar spoke out hours afterwards as Metropolitan Police launch an ‘urgent investigation’ into the homophobic stabbing

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Footage shows scene after homophobic stabbing in Clapham

One of two men attacked in what police said was a homophobic knife attack at a South London nightclub has spoken out just hours after it happened.

Victim Aniello described feeling “so lucky” after being overwhelmed with support in the aftermath of Sunday night’s attack. It happened outside the Two Brewers bar on Clapham’s High Street at around 10.15pm.




Metropolitan Police has confirmed it is treating the attack as a hate crime with detectives searching for the suspect. Both men, aged in their 20s and 30s, were injured in the attack and treated in hospital but have since been discharged.

Thanking loved ones for support, Aniello posted a statement of gratitude on social media, saying the attack had left him confused as to how a person “can feel it’s ok to attack anyone”. He said: “Didn’t know if I should say anything … but I suppose it feels right to”.

Victim Aniello has spoken out after the stabbing in Clapham on Sunday(Instagram)
Aniello posted a heartfelt tribute to those supporting him on Instagram(Instagram)

He continued: “I’ve not been left feeling sad, nor angry, or confused … I’ve just been left so many questions [sic] … to think what can lead to changing a persons mind [sic] they can feel it’s ok to attack anyone … whatever their reasons … and how we change that”. Aniello said he was proud to be surrounded by such a supportive community.

He said: “What today has strengthened in me … more than ever before is that I could never, and have never be [sic] prouder, happier or more comforted, by the community I am lucky enough to have as my LGBTQ+ family!! I would NEVER change it for the world … I am so lucky to have all my family and friends who have reached out just to check on me today. Love you all – all of you x”.

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The Two Brewers pub describes itself as a “gay-friendly cabaret bar and weekend dance club”. Sunday night’s attack happened on the street outside as a drag event was planned inside. The drag artist, Mary Mac, has also paid tribute to bar staff who were “incredible in dealing with this and keeping us inside the venue safe”.

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