It has been reported that a Jewish shopper was the victim of an allegedly antisemitic attack after his kippah (skullcap) was “snatched” from his head in a supermarket near Manchester.
It has emerged that, at around 01:10 on 3rd March, the unknown assailant advanced on a male victim by the self-service checkout area, before grabbing the kippah from the victim’s head and running away onto Pilsworth Road in the direction of the M66 motorway.
It was reported that, before the incident, the alleged offender was with two other men who left in a taxi.
Police were alerted to the incident, which took place in a branch of supermarket chain Asda in Pilsworth, Bury, and are now appealing to the public for help in finding the perpetrator. The police have now released a CCTV image of a person to whom they would like to speak.
Greater Manchester Police said that the taxi apparently then headed towards the Darnhill area of Heywood.
Campaign Against Antisemitism’s analysis of Home Office statistics shows that an average of over three hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales, with Jews more than four times likelier to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.
Image credit: Greater Manchester Police