Detectives investigating reports of an assault in Amhurst Park, N16 on Friday, 29 November have released images of two men they would like to trace.
It is alleged the suspects shouted anti-Semitic abuse during the attack which took place at approximately 21:45hrs. Officers attended the scene but found no trace of any victim, or any witnesses.
The following day, police were notified by a third party that a man had told them he had been assaulted the previous evening in the same location.
Officers from Hackney immediately began an investigation. They attempted to make contact with the victim, however soon identified he had left the country on a pre-planned trip.
Extensive inquiries enabled the investigative team to locate the victim, a 54-year-old male, on 3 December. He has provided a full account of the incident and is being supported by officers from the MPS. As a result of the incident, the victim suffered minor injuries.
Officers are continuing to progress the investigation, carrying out a range of inquiries including speaking to those who reported witnessing the incident and gathering CCTV from nearby premises to ascertain the sequence of events.
Detective Superintendent Adam Ghaboos, from the Met’s Central East BCU, said: “Shockingly, hate crime affects people from all walks of life and impacts on communities across London. All members of our communities have the right to walk the streets without fear of verbal or physical abuse. The Met does not tolerate any form of discrimination, and we are committed to tackling offences like this as thoroughly as possible.
“Since this incident was reported, we have been working hard alongside the community and key partners to establish the circumstances of what happened. I want to reassure the community that we take offences of this nature extremely serious and are doing what we can to progress this investigation.
“We have now located and spoken to the victim, who travelled abroad shortly after this incident. He is supporting us in progressing our investigation. While we carry out a number of inquiries, we are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying two males we would like to speak to in connection with this incident. They are pictured in these images at Stamford Hill station.
“Anyone who believes they witnessed the incident or has further information on the identity of the males pictures should call 07500 850625 quoting CAD 6332/30Nov.
“We are particularly keen to speak to a female who was at the scene, wearing a white jacket with a shopping trolley, to contact us. Her account of events will form a key part of our inquiries.”
We would urge anyone with information about hate crime to contact police immediately via 101 or through Twitter @MetCC – in an emergency, phone 999; this will enable to use to act as quickly as possible to catch those responsible.
You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously to report crime on 0800 555 111.