A man from north east London’s charedi Jewish community, has said that he was approached by a gang of black males, one of whom shouted “F***ing Jew” before knocking the victim’s religious hat (shtreimel) from his head. Frightened and fearing for his safety, the man ran away immediately. The alleged assault occurred at approximately 19:00 on 20th October as the victim walked through Berkeley Homes in Woodberry Down in Hackney, London.
As the incident took place during the Jewish sabbath, the victim did not report it to the police immediately as he was not carrying a mobile telephone for religious reasons.
Instead he contacted Stamford Hill Shomrim, the Jewish community neighbourhood watch patrol, which has reported the incident to the police. Anybody who witnessed the incident, or who has information that could aid the investigation should contact the police by dialing 101, citing CAD7809/28/10/17.