British police are appealing for information (file image)
British police are appealing for information (file image)Reuters

Police in the British city of Manchester are appealing for witnesses to a brutal anti-Semitic attack in which a 17-year-old boy was beaten unconscious.

Three other people were also hurt in the attack, which occurred Saturday night at Bowker Vale Metrolink tram station at approximately 11.30 p.m.

The victims were pounced upon by a gang of three men, according to police, who proceeded to hurl anti-Semitic verbal abuse at them before launching a sudden, unprovoked attack.

The 17-year-old victim was the worst injured, and is currently still hospitalized with a "suspected bleed to the brain," according to Manchester Evening News. Three other victims aged 18, 18, and 20 were also injured in the attack.

Police are treating the vicious assault as a hate crime.

It comes amid a surge in hate crimes in London, including an near-doubling of the number of anti-Semitic crimes recorded over the 12 months up to July, compared with the previous period.

"This appears to be a particularly serious and worrying anti-Semitic assault," spokesman for the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity which combats anti-Semitism, told the Jewish News.

"We have offered support to the victims’ families and our thoughts and sympathies are with them at this time. We have also been in close contact with Greater Manchester Police who are conducting a full investigation and we ask that any witnesses come forward." 

Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111