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Appeal following hate crime in Westminster

News   •   Jun 14, 2021 17:00 BST

Detectives from the Met’s Hate Crime Unit are investigating after a racially aggravated assault in Westminster.

The incident happened at about 17:20hrs on Sunday, 23 May.

Two men aged in their late 30s and mid 40s had left a restaurant in Baker Street, NW1. Both men are members of the Jewish community.

As they walked from the restaurant they noticed two males, aged in their late teens or early 20s, starting to follow them. At the junction with Melcombe Street and Glenworth Street the two suspects rushed at the men and began to punch them. The two suspects also made remarks that have led police to treat this as a hate crime.

A member of the Muslim community confronted the suspects and offered the victims shelter, and the suspects ran off. Thankfully neither man was injured in the assault

Police were called and the area searched.

Both of the suspects are believed to be Asian. They were wearing masks and, despite enquiries, police have not been able to identify the suspects.

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.

"This shows that people can help and support each other, not least by confronting those who would set community against community. If anyone has information about this or any other hate crime I would urge them to come forward."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to call police on 101 or contact via Twitter @MetCC. Please quote Cad 5162/23MAY

To give information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.