Police appeal after man subjected to ‘barrage of vile anti-Semitic abuse’ in Hackney

Harriet Brewis
Met police are looking to speak to these two men in connection with a hate crime

Detectives investigating a “vile” hate crime in east London have released photos of two men they wish to speak to.

The assault, which took place on the evening of November 29 in Amhurst Park, Hackney, saw a 54-year-old man subjected to a “barrage of anti-Semitic abuse,” police reported.

The victim, who suffered minor injuries, did not initially report the attack, police revealed.

The day after the incident, a separate person told officers the man had confided in them about the assault.

Hackney Police immediately began an investigation and located the victim on December 3.

He has since provided a full account of the abuse he suffered and is being supported by officers from the Met.

Met Police Detective Superintendent Adam Ghaboos said: “Officers are continuing to investigate this attack on a 54-year-old man that took place at approximately 21:45hrs in Amhurst Park.

“As part of their enquiries they would like to speak to the two men in the images we have released today.

“I have no doubt that someone will know who they are and I would very much like to identify these men so that they can be spoken to by my officers.

“Luckily, the victim did not suffer any serious injuries in this attack, however he was subjected to a barrage of vile anti-Semitic abuse that no one should be subjected to.

“Hate crime in Hackney, like the rest of London, will absolutely not be tolerated.”

Anyone with information should call police on 07500 850625 quoting Cad 6332/30Nov, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.