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A cyclist who was kicked over by naked men in broad daylight has revealed how he thought the perpetrators could have been ‘terrorists’ – as police say two suspects were arrested ‘following a struggle’ and released hours later.
In a bizarre series of events, the men were seen leaving Elephant & Castle tube station at around 2.30pm on Thursday – one wearing underpants and the other in the nude.
They cross at the traffic lights before the one in his pants takes a running jump at a cyclist and knocks him off.
Another witness reported also seeing the men walking towards Elephant & Castle roundabout where they were arrested by the police.
The cyclist who was kicked over in the clip, who asked not to be named, told MailOnline he had been going to a client’s house at the time of the incident, which he thought could have been a ‘terrorist attack’.
A Met Police spokesperson told MailOnline two suspects, aged 32 and 26, were arrested after officers were called to Walworth Road SE1 to a report of the men ‘attacking people in the street’.
‘One was reported to be naked and the other wearing only underpants. Officers attended,’ police said.
‘Two people were found suffering from minor injuries. Both said they had been attacked by two men who then walked off. One was allegedly pushed off his bike and the other assaulted.
‘The suspects, aged 32 and 26, were located and arrested following a struggle on suspicion of indecent exposure and ABH.
‘Both men were taken to hospital under Section 3 of the Mental Health Act and later returned to custody. They were then released under investigation.’
The cyclist who was kicked over told MailOnline he ‘didn’t realise they took a run up and took a kick’.
He added: ‘I went down and I got back up and then fell over again and actually the traffic all the traffic went by and were like oh my god what are they terrorists or something? It was all very strange how it happened.
In a bizarre series of events, the men were seen leaving Elephant & Castle tube station at around 2.30pm on Thursday – one wearing underpants and the other in the nude
Two naked men were caught on video attacking a cyclist in broad daylight in a busy London street after strolling brazenly out of Elephant & Castle underground station
A witness reported also seeing the men walking towards Elephant & Castle roundabout where they were arrested by the police
‘When I went to the other side of the road to speak to the guy who had also been beaten up literally police came from every single direction, even unmarked cars.’
He added: ‘There were about four or five witnesses to a guy having his eye split open. They sat him down and looked after him.
‘When I was standing there, I have honestly never seen so many police so that’s why I thought it was a lot more serious than just two guys doing a dare but I don’t actually know and the police were like ”we’re dealing with it”. There were police coming from every direction.
‘I don’t know if they escaped from somewhere like a mental home or something.’
Guy Strafford-Taylor, who recorded the clip, can be heard letting out a slight laugh in shock at what he had just witnessed.
Without even checking if the cyclist is ok, the pair continued to walk through the street.
Mr Strafford-Taylor said he had begun filming the pair after he noticed they were naked and they were ‘shouting and causing a scene’.
He said: ‘I saw them walking down the road and now both were naked.
‘They were pushing people and rushing towards people in the bus stops.
‘I tried to film again and they rushed towards my car so I bolted. The whole thing was quite bizarre.’
Other people on Twitter explained they had also witnessed the naked men wandering in the street.
One woman, who shared a picture of the pair, claimed they had been arrested further up the road.
MailOnline has contacted Met Police for comment.
It is not known whether the men were pulling the stunt because they had lost a bet or were involved in an initiation stunt.
Other social media users suggested that drug taking may have been a factor.
Other people on Twitter explained they had also witnessed the naked men wandering in the street – with one person claiming the pair had been arrested
The naked duo could have be arrested by the police for indecent exposure under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Indecent exposure takes place when a person displays a part of themselves in a public place which is considered offensive or morally unacceptable.
While it is not an offence to be naked in public in England and Wales, it can become one if it can be proved the exposure was done to cause alarm or distress.
Typically, a person will not be prosecuted if their exposure was not for the purpose of sexual gratification or to cause alarm or distress.
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