Two teens were arrested in connection with the beating of a Jewish teenager in England that left him in a coma on Thursday.
According to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the two perpetrators were taken into the police department for causing bodily harm and violent disorder in the attack at a train station in the heart of north Manchester’s Jewish community. Police have publicly called all witnesses to step forward with testimony.
The 17-year-old victim, identified as Moshe Fuerst, was hospitalized after the attack with serious head injuries. Fuerst came out of a coma on Monday night. He was one of the four Orthodox Jewish youths assaulted on the night of Sept. 5 by three men at the train station near Heaton Park.
“These arrests demonstrate that the police are taking this incident very seriously, which I hope gives reassurance to the Jewish community and the wider public,” Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd told The Jewish Chronicle.
Lloyd claimed the police were treating the assault as a hate crime.
“We have seen a significant rise in reports of hate crime and in particular anti-Semitic hate crime reports, which have risen by more than half over the past year,” he said.
Detective Inspector Liam Boden of North Manchester claimed that a team of officers were working effortlessly to continue to gather and examine evidence.
“I know this crime has caused upset and anxiety in the Jewish community, particularly as this has happened just prior to the start of the Jewish High Holy Days, and I want to offer reassurance that hate crime will not be tolerated and we will do everything we can to stop it,” Boden said, per the London-based Mirror website.