Dewsbury man charged with spate of assaults on Jews in London

A 28 year old man from Dewsbury has appeared in court charged with a spate of assaults against Jews in Stamford Hill, London, on August 18.

Abdullah Qureshi was charged at Thames Magistrates’ Court on Saturday with one count of racially or religiously aggravated wounding or grievous bodily harm, four counts of racially or religiously aggravated common assault, and one count of racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage.

The court was told Qureshi is alleged to have struck a victim in the side of the head before walking off at 6.40pm, before hitting another person in the face with a bottle two minutes later.

Qureshi is also accused of having assaulted an unidentified person in a supermarket, and a fourth victim in the street, who police have identified as a 14-year-old boy.

The court heard that at around 8.30pm, Qureshi allegedly punched a fifth person, who police say is aged 64, leaving him unconscious.

The judge described the allegations against Qureshi, of Kirklees, West Yorkshire, as very serious and remanded him in custody. A trial date was set for Snaresbrook Crown Court on October 1.

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