CCTV shows man hitting elderly Jewish man with bottle
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CCTV footage has emerged of what the Metropolitan Police say is one of four hate crimes committed by the same man during a violent spree on Wednesday, August 18. The latest footage appears to show a man, who has not been identified, dressed in a white kufi cap, brown coloured coat, white robe and dark-rimmed glasses use a bottle to assault a 30-year-old Jewish man as he stands alone on the street. On Wednesday evening, a Metropolitan Police spokesman told Express.co.uk no arrests had been made and an investigation is ongoing into the individual behind the attacks which included a 14-year old child being assaulted and a 64-year-old man being left unconscious.
In the footage, the assailant can be seen walking down Cavenove Road, N16 at 18:41pm.
He can then be seen drifting towards an Orthodox Jewish man as he stands alone on the street.
The assailant then strikes the man across the head with a bottle and unflinchingly keeps walking as the victim appears to walk away.
The attack is one of four assaults specifically targetting members of the Jewish community by the same man that day.
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Later on, at 19:10pm the same man approached a 14-year-old boy on Holmdale Terrace, N15, and horrifically assaulted the child without warning.
While at 20.30pm, a 64-year-old grandfather was left unconscious with a broken foot after being punched hard in the face as he walked alone to a synagogue.
The elderly man was found collapsed by bystanders with facial injuries.
The grandfather was taken to the hospital for treatment and was later discharged.
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Officers have also been informed of a fourth victim of the same attacker but they are yet to contact the police.
The grandfather who was left badly hurt told ITV London news how the the man punched him so hard that he hit his head against the wall as he fell to the floor.
He said: “I went into deep shock, terrible pain for the first two nights after I heard it was an attack.
“Although I didn’t see the footage – I was advised not to – I replayed in my mind what I was told happened, as if I saw it. It was nightmarish.”
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Anyone who recognises the man, or who witnessed the assault and is yet to speak with officers, is asked to come forward.
Please call police on 101 quoting reference 4492/20AUG. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
To report a hate crime, call police on 101, report online or tweet @MetCC.
If there is an immediate risk or an emergency situation, always call 999.
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