A chareidi man was left with a broken ankle and head injuries after being set upon in an apparently racially motivated attack, in London’s Stamford Hill at around 8:30 p.m. last Wednesday evening.
Hamodia spoke to the 64-year-old man who explained that he had no recollection of the attack at all, having lost consciousness when a blow slammed his head against a wall. The first thing he remembers is waking up on the ground. He said that he fell awkwardly, breaking his ankle and was waiting to hear if he would need surgery on it. His glasses were also smashed in the attack. Passersby called Hatzola and the police, and he was checked over and taken to Homerton Hospital.
The man told Hamodia that the police were taking the incident very seriously and had expressed great concern about him. The Met Police have since launched an investigation but have yet to make any arrests.
Rabbi Herschel Gluck OBE, president of Shomrim North and East London, said, “Shomrim is working full-out to facilitate the arrest of the perpetrator of the recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks. This is in addition to our ongoing efforts, b’ezras Hashem, to enhance the security of all people in our neighborhood with extra patrols and measures to deter such attacks in the future.
“We would like to thank our local MP Diane Abbott, the Mayor of Hackney Philip Glanville, and the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan for their support and engagement.”
The attack was so shocking that it attracted much attention in the general media. Shomrim posted a clip of the attack on social media, which was watched over one million times.
The Met Police have appealed for help in identifying the attacker, releasing a photo of him, as well as footage of the attack. They are treating it as hate crime.