A teenager is to appear in court charged over a suspected hate crime after two Jewish men were attacked outside their shop in north London.
Malaki Thorpe, 18, of Fairview Road in Tottenham, has been charged with two counts of racially aggravated actual bodily harm and one count of possession of an offensive weapon following the incident on Wednesday.
Police were called to Cadoxton Avenue, Haringey, at 9.50pm after receiving reports that two men had been assaulted.
They were taken to a north London hospital to be treated.
Thorpe will appear at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said the incident is being treated as a hate crime.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “appalled” by the incident.
“This attack is a terrible reminder, on Holocaust Memorial Day, that such prejudice is not consigned to history, but remains a very real problem in society. We must stamp out antisemitism.” he said.
Home Secretary Priti Patel described the incident as an “absolutely despicable attack”.
She tweeted: “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.
“Thank you to the officers who responded swiftly to make an arrest.”