Their actions have been described as 'homophobic' by the various homosexual organisations but this is only partly true. The alleged accused are also heard quite clearly demanding that passers by carrying alcohol should pour it down the drain and some did, in fact, comply.
They can also be heard demanding that women should observe the dress code of some Muslim females and "cover up".
I do not think that any group whether Catholic, Jewish or, even, homosexual, should take pride in claiming that they were a target under these circumstances.
Precisely 100 years ago my own parents were stoned routinely (also in the East End of London) when they took part in the May processions with other parishioners of St Margaret's, Canning Town. Their attackers were, in the main, Orangemen but my parents were always at pains to dismiss lightly such assaults.
We should have little difficulty in dismissing the vigilante activity of a few Islamic fundamentalists except that, there is a growing undercurrent of unrest in the Muslim communities across Europe.
In the past 12 months there has been a spate of attacks on Catholic churches and events in France and Spain and this will, undoubtedly, spread to Britain.
What to do?
The Government needs to get some backbone and provide a service to the mosques that counsels, educates and informs young Muslim men and women, as to the rights and wrongs of Islam and the social structures of the west and respect and tolerance for those of other faiths.
That would be a start.