Muslim rescues Jewish men attacked in suspected hate crime

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Muslim rescues Jewish men attacked in suspected hate crime

Two Jewish men were attacked in Baker Street but rescued by a Muslim who confronted the attackers, said police.

A Muslim passer-by helped two Jewish men who were attacked in a suspected hate crime in central London, police said.

The victims had left a restaurant in Baker Street when they were followed by two men in their late teens or early twenties at around 5.20pm on Sunday 23 May.

The two suspects then rushed towards them and began to punch them, before a member of the Muslim community confronted them and offered the two victims shelter.

Officers said remarks made by the two suspects have led them to treat the incident, which happened on the junction of Melcombe Street and Glenworth Street, as a hate crime.

Neither of the diners, aged in their late thirties and mid-forties, were injured.

Detective Inspector Kevin Eade, of the Met’s Central West BCU, said: “This behaviour has no place in our city and it will not be tolerated.

“All Londoners should be able to live free from harassment or abuse. In this case two men from the Jewish community were assaulted, but it was the intervention of someone from another faith that helped stop the assault.”

He urged witnesses to come forward. The suspects are believed to be Asian, and were wearing masks. Police have not been able to identify them.

Witnesses are being asked to call police on 101 quoting Cad 5162/23MAY. Crimestoppers can also be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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