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London ‘hate crime’: Teenager arrested after two Jewish men attacked on eve of Holocaust Memorial Day

A teenager has been arrested after two Jewish men were attacked in north London while locking up their shop.

Police were called at 9.50pm on Wednesday to Cadoxton Avenue, Haringey, after receiving reports that two men had been assaulted.

They were taken to a hospital in north London for treatment.

One of the men suffered bruising and a fractured bone in his hand, while the other also suffered bruising and has an eye injury, the Shomrim neighbourhood watch team said.

The group helped the victims and police after the incident, which took place the day before Holocaust Memorial Day.

Police arrested an 18-year-old man in Fairview Road on suspicion of actual bodily harm and he remains in custody.

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the incident is being treated as a hate crime.

Home Secretary Priti Patel described the incident as “absolutely despicable”.

‘A sickening reminder’

She tweeted: “An absolutely despicable attack.

“This, on the eve of #HolocaustMemorialDay, is a sickening reminder of why we must never allow antisemitism to take root. We won’t tolerate abuse towards our Jewish community.”

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Chief Superintendent Simon Crick said: “On this most important day, this is an awful reminder that hate crime still exists. I know that Haringey residents will be upset by such a horrible attack and we won’t stand for anyone in our community being targeted or hurt.

“I’ve been in touch with members of the local Jewish community, and I’m providing additional patrols throughout the day to reassure the community.”

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