UK: Gay man runs from homophobic yobs; police step up patrols after second hate crime in days
A man had to escape from homophobic yobs as he left the Metrolink at Monsall on Tuesday night
10/9/2015- Police are stepping up patrols around north Manchester tram stops after the second hate attack in days. On Tuesday night a man had to flee from homophobic yobs as he got off the Metrolink at Monsall. At around 11pm he was leaving the tram when two men approached him and asked if he was gay. When he said yes, they shouted ‘queer b*****d’ and started throwing objects at him. Only when a passing woman shouted at them to stop did he manage to get away - but not without suffering a cut to his face, possibly as a result of falling over in his desperation to escape. Police are now investigating, stressing they take hate crimes extremely seriously. It comes after a teenager was subjected to a horrific anti-semitic attack at Bowker Vale tram station in Crumpsall on Saturday - sparking public outcry.
Moshe Fuerst, 17, fell into a coma and suffered a bleed to the brain in the brutal assault, in which his attackers also hurled anti-semitic abuse. Three other young Orthodox Jewish men were all also injured in the attack. Two 17-year-old boys have now been arrested at addresses in Whitefield and Derbyshire on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and violent disorder in connection with the incident. A third boy, also 17 and who lives at an address in Prestwich, has been arrested today (Thursday) on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm and violent disorder after he presented himself at a local police station. The arrest is also in connection with an incident at Bowker Vale.
Police have also issued an urgent appeal for witnesses to the attack. Although Moshe and his friends were verbally abused on the station platform they tried to run away and were attacked in the nearby Middleton Road area. It is hoped drivers on the busy route into Manchester may have seen the incident. Amanda Bomsztyk, Northern Regional Director of the Community Security Trust (CST) said: “We would like to thank Greater Manchester Police for its prompt action in this particularly serious and worrying incident.
“There is far too much Anti-Semitic abuse and violence, and we hope these arrests will send a strong message, providing some reassurance to the Jewish community.” Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd said: “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. “I would urge anyone with information about this incident to come forward and report it to police.” Synagogues have since stepped up security after the Community Security Trust, which works with police to protect the Jewish community, sent out an alert.
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