The police chief for Camden and Islington has said officers will “do our utmost” to catch the perpetrator of a violent antisemitic assault after horrified witnesses described the attack in broad daylight on one of Islington’s busiest streets.
Bystanders told the Highbury and Islington Gazette that a man with a walking stick in his seventies was attacked on Tuesday afternoon at the Highbury Corner roundabout in Islington by a strongly built shaven haired man in his 30s.
“The old man told us that he was standing there to catch his breath when the man came up to him and was asking if he was Jewish”, one witness told the local paper.
“Following that the man started to hit him.”
Another described how the attacker “was punching violently and right in the face with a closed fist.
“He was just taking the blows. He kept going: ‘Please stop’. Blood was pouring from the old man’s mouth and his body must have taken a lot of blows. The attacker ran off very fast. He was manic.”
The older gentleman was utterly defense