Racist at­tack on Manch­ester teen

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JONATHAN KALMUS

NORTH MANCH­ESTER PO­LICE are in­ves­ti­gat­ing an an­ti­semitic as­sault on a 16-year-old boy as he walked home with his fam­ily from syn­a­gogue on Shab­bat.

Wit­nesses saw one white and one Asian man shout­ing racist abuse at passers-by from a black car parked on Kings Road in Prest­wich.

“They then got out of the car,” said one wit­ness. “I saw one of them smack the boy in front of his mother and two sis­ters.

“The at­tacker fell as he punched and, rather em­bar­rass­ingly, his trousers fell down.”

The car was later seen fol­low­ing two other young Jewish boys.

Po­lice say the vic­tim suf­fered in­juries to his eye and mouth and are treat­ing the in­ci­dent as racially ag­gra­vated.

How­ever, Sergeant Ian Camp­bell, who co-or­di­nated lo­cal polic­ing over the High Holy-Days, says in­creased po­lice vis­i­bil­ity has gen­er­ally re­duced an­ti­semitic acts.

“Both mine and the CST’s per­cep­tions are that com­mu­nity con­fi­dence in the po­lice has been higher this year with fewer in­ci­dents.”

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