E-fit images have been released of men suspected of carrying out two homophobic attacks in Walthamstow.

Scotland Yard say the first incident took place on Sunday, October 8, when a 47-year-old man was walking along Walthamstow High Street with his husband after a night out.

They were approached by a man who asked them if he could take a picture of them, and then asked if they were gay.

The couple walked away, but the suspect then grabbed hold of the victim and said "you are not welcome”, while grappling with him.

The victim, who was not injured in the tussle, was then pulled away by his husband before they walked away and called police.

The second incident took place on Saturday, November 4, when while the victim, a 31-year-old man, was walking along Hoe Street, E17 with two friends they were approached by three unknown men.

One of them punched the victim in the face and shouted homophobic abuse at him before running away.

The punch caused the victim to fall to the floor. He also suffered a black eye and bruises, but did not require hospital treatment.

Police say the victims were both left “extremely shaken” by the attacks, but were able to provide details descriptions of their attackers from which the e-fits have been created.

Officers also said they were not ruling out the possibility the attacks were carried out by the same man, given the proximity of the offences.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is asked to call Waltham Forest police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously: on 0800 555 111.