‘Vi­cious’ at­tack trau­ma­tises eight-year-old

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY DANIEL SUGARMAN

AN EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Jewish boy was left trau­ma­tised af­ter he was “vi­ciously beaten” in an un­pro­voked at­tack.

Ac­cord­ing to the Shom­rim vol­un­teer se­cu­rity group, the child was walk­ing home from school in Stam­ford Hill, north Lon­don, on Mon­day when he was at­tacked in “a shock­ing in­ci­dent” which left him with “swelling and marks near his chest, neck, shoul­der and face”.

Shom­rim said the boy es­caped af­ter two peo­ple came to his aid and chased away the at­tacker. The boy “ran home and up all the stairs be­fore col­laps­ing. He was cry­ing and couldn’t talk for the next four-and-a-half hours.”

The boy later de­scribed how “a white man wear­ing gloves at­tacked him from be­hind, pushed him to the wall and beat him se­verely”.

The boy was treated by the Hat­zo­lah am­bu­lance ser­vice but was later taken to hos­pi­tal.

Shaye Gluck from Stam­ford Hill Shom­rim said: “This was a vi­cious at­tack on a young boy in broad day­light on a very busy res­i­den­tial street.

“This at­tack has af­fected this young boy’s life se­verely. He keeps on hav­ing flash­backs and goes into shock mode where he loses his speech again.

“It is un­ac­cept­able that chil­dren can no longer walk home from school safely.”

The Metropoli­tan Po­lice said en­quiries were con­tin­u­ing but no ar­rests had been made by Wed­nes­day. They were not treat­ing the in­ci­dent as a hate crime “at this time”.

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