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Man, 18, arrested after two Jewish men assaulted in ‘brutal, unprovoked attack’

Two Jewish shop owners were assaulted by a passer-by in north London yesterday

A man has been arrested after two Jewish men were assaulted in an unprovoked attack on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day.

The vicious attack, which took place in north London, was captured on CCTV and is being treated as a hate crime.

In shocking footage, two Jewish men can be seen locking up their shop in Cadoxton Avenue, Haringey, when they are approached by a passer-by.

The man walks past the men, before doubling back and launching into a vicious attack during which he repeatedly punches the pair.

One of the victims is knocked to the floor and the other is chased into the road, while both men lose their kippah.

Following the incident, the men were taken to a north London hospital for treatment.

The attack took place at around 9.50pm yesterday, just hours before the start of Holocaust Memorial Day, which remembers the six million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered at the hands of the Nazi party.

The incident has been condemned by a Jewish community group, police and the home secretary Priti Patel.

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One of the men was knocked to the ground in the attack

In a statement, police confirmed the attack is being treated as a hate crime.

MPS Haringey said officers were called to Cadoxton Avenue at 9.50pm to reports of two men being assaulted.

The force said an 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm and remains in custody.

Chief Superintendent Simon Crick who leads policing in Enfield and Haringey, said: ‘On this most important day, this is an awful reminder that hate crime still exists.

‘I know that Haringey residents will be upset by such a horrible attack and we won’t stand for anyone in our community being targeted or hurt.

‘If you assault someone, you can expect us to do everything we can to investigate and find you.

‘I have been in touch with members of the local Jewish community and I’m providing additional patrols throughout the day to reassure the community. Please do speak to them if you have any concerns.

‘I would like to thank the members of the public who called us and asked us to come to the aid of these two gentlemen, and grateful for their help which meant we could locate a suspect.’ 

Shomrim Stamford Hill Branch, a Jewish neighbourhood watch scheme which also responded to the incident shared the CCTV footage under the hashtag ‘hate crime’ and ‘anti-Semitism’.

It said: ‘The brutal, unprovoked attack saw the victims knocked to the floor by vicious punches to the head.’

Ms Patel tweeted: ‘An absolutely despicable attack.

‘This, on the eve of #HolocaustMemorialDay, is a sickening reminder of why we must never allow antisemitism to take root. We won’t tolerate abuse towards our Jewish community. Thank you to the officers who responded swiftly to make an arrest.’

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