Elderly man left with ‘blood pouring from mouth’ in brutal ‘antisemitic attack’
An elderly man was left with ‘blood pouring from his mouth’ in a brutal ‘antisemitic attack’ in broad daylight.
Passersby were left horrified after a racist thug targeted the defenceless pensioner in Islington, London at around 2.15pm today.
The pensioner, said to be in his 70s and holding a walking stick, was set upon by the attacker at Highbury Corner, witnesses claim.
The violent man, described as having a shaved head, repeatedly punched him in the face as he lay bleeding on the ground, a witness said.
The attack is said to have been completely unprovoked.
Now an appeal has been launched to find the attacker who is described as being in his 30s and with a strong build.
He was seen wearing a checked shirt and overcoat running away from the scene shortly after the attack.
A witness told the Islington Gazette that the elderly man said that his attacker had asked if he was Jewish before he battered him.
Marian Kennedy said: “He was punching him violently and right in the face with a closed fist.
“The older gentleman was utterly defenceless. He was being hit really hard and my instinct was jump between them but there was so much rage and violence.
“Blood was pouring from the old man’s mouth and his body must have taken a lot of blows. The older man said he’d never seen him before. It was a random attack.”
Witnesses at the scene said the elderly man did not retaliate.
Another witness, Britanny Russell, was there when the police arrived and told the Gazette it was “definitely a hate crime”.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Officers are investigating reports of a racially aggravated public order offence.
"A report was received by police at 2.12pm today.
"The incident is believed to have taken place in Highbury Fields, N5.
"Enquiries are ongoing.”
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