London – London police are searching for an unknown suspect in the beating of an eight year old Jewish boy who was walking home from school on Monday afternoon in Stamford Hill.
According to London Shomrim, the boy was walking on a residential street when he was attacked from behind by a white man wearing gloves. The child was reportedly pushed against a wall and beaten severely until two passers-by came to his rescue, prompting the suspect to flee the scene.
The boy ran home after the attack and was transported to the hospital by Hatzolah where he was treated for bruises to his chest, neck, shoulder and face. He was reportedly so traumatized that he was unable to speak for over four hours following the incident.
The incident was reported to the Metropolitan Police.
Shaye Gluck of Shomrim Stamford Hill told The Jewish Chronicle (http://bit.ly/2wn351b) that volunteers are combing surveillance footage for any leads that would give further information and have increased their presence in the area.
“It is unacceptable that children can no longer walk home from school safely,” said Gluck.
A 2016 investigation found 32 incidents of visibly Jewish individuals being targeted in a single month, including three assaults and ten threats of physical violence, according to Metro UK (http://bit.ly/2wmR4ZU).
Yesterday’s incident comes 11 months after another eight year old Stamford Hill boy was the victim of an anti-Semitic attack in Stamford Hill and a year after an 11 year old Hackney boy walking home from school was surrounded by a group of teens who ordered him to remove his yarmulka or face a beating as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2wn4IvP).