Two teenagers plead guilty over Manchester assault


Two teenagers have pleaded guilty to assault over an attack on four Jews in Manchester last Saturday night.

The 17-year-olds – who have not been identified for legal reasons – made their pleas at Manchester Youth Court on Friday afternoon.

Police say they are investigating the attack as a hate crime.

The two youths pleaded guilty to two counts of a section 39 assault and one count of a section 47 assault. The charge of affray was withdrawn for both teenagers.

One of the boys was also charged with a section 18 assault.

The teenagers have been released on unconditional bail and are set to appear in court for sentencing next month.

Moshe Fuerst, 17, was one of four Jews attacked at a Manchester tram station last Saturday.

Jerusalem-born Moshe was knocked unconscious during the assault. He was brought out of an induced coma on Monday after suffering severe bleeding to the brain.

Moshe, from Prestwich in north Manchester, was released from hospital last night.

His father, Rabbi Michael Fuerst, thanked the community for their prayers. He said: “I have tremendous gratitude for everyone who has prayed for him. I’m sure it contributed to his miraculous recovery.”

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