- A 20-year-old woman was approached by two girls in Haringey around 4:30pm
- Police are concerned she was targeted for her appearance in ‘terrifying’ attack
Two attackers who beat a 20-year-old Orthodox Jewish woman ‘unconscious’ stood over her body and joked ‘about her being dead’, it has been claimed.
The terrifying incident took place in Haringey last Thursday and was filmed on CCTV showing the full extent of the brutal assaults.
The woman was reportedly left bruised, but did not need to go to hospital and police have now confirmed they have arrested two teenage girls – aged 13 and 14.
Footage of the incident circulated online after it was tweeted by neighbourhood watch group Shomrim who claimed ‘the victim was ‘beaten unconscious’ and that her attackers had “stood over her joking about her being dead.’
The clip shows the victim walking along the path, followed by two teenagers, before one of them appears to hit her around the head twice.
A 20-year-old woman was approached by two girls in Haringey at around 4:30pm
Footage of the incident circulated online after it was tweeted by a neighbourhood watch group
The 20-year-old was robbed on Rostrevor Avenue in Stamford Hill, north London (pictured)
She then crosses the road before she is grabbed by the two girls and struck multiple times.
One of the girls then pulls the victim onto the tarmac, before being pinned down and hit repeatedly. The pair then appear to take her belongings.
The two teenagers then walk off down the street, as a group of people stop and check on the victim – who is still on the floor.
At around midday on Saturday, 9 December, officers went to an address in Haringey where they arrested two girls aged 13 and 14 on suspicion of robbery. They remain in custody.
CCTV images were captured near to the scene which suggested they were wearing school uniform and detectives have worked with schools officers, including those from neighbouring boroughs, as well as school staff, in order to confirm the identity of the girls.
Detective Sergeant Asli Benson, who has led the investigation, said: ‘This was a terrifying incident for the young woman who was attacked. We will continue to ensure she has the right support.
‘Officers have been pursuing all available lines of enquiry since the incident and these arrests are a very positive development.
‘The victim is from the orthodox Jewish community. It would have been obvious from her appearance that she was Jewish and there has been significant concern that she was targeted for that reason.
‘In the current climate, when fears and uncertainty in the wider Jewish community are heightened following the terror attacks in Israel and the subsequent rise in antisemitic hate crime here in London, these concerns are entirely understandable.
‘While we are keeping an open mind as to the motive behind the incident and will continue to explore all avenues, we are treating this as a possible hate crime.’
Anyone with information which could assist the investigation is asked to call 101 quoting CAD 5505/07Dec.
Information can also be shared with the independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.