Friday, June 12, 2020
A hasidic Jewish man has been stabbed in a suspected hate crime in London's Stoke Newington, suffering head wounds. The man was later identified by the Jewish Chronicle as Rabbi Alter Yaakov Schlesinger, an orthodox rabbi from Stamford Hill's Satmar community.
The attacker was tackled by builders working nearby, and pinned to the floor while police were called.
A friend of the victim, who arrived at the scene shortly after has told MailOnline that he saw blade wounds to the man's skull. According to the friend, the victim had been standing outside a bank when the attack happened.
Schlesinger, who is in his 50s, is identifiably Jewish, and was wearing orthodox clothing. He is thought to be in a stable condition as he was talking at the scene when dozens of emergency vehicles arrived, including the Jewish ambulance service Hatzalah.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We were called today (12 June) at 10.56am to reports of a stabbing in Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington," according to The Mirror.
They continued: "We dispatched an ambulance crew and an incident response officer. We also dispatched London's Air Ambulance. We assessed a man at the scene and took him to a major trauma center."
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