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Investigations continue into attack on two Polish men in Harlow

Both victims were treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital and have now been discharged. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police in Harlow are continuing to investigate whether an attack on two Polish men in the town yesterday morning was another possible hate crime.

It happened outside the William Aylmer pub on Kitson Way and follows the death of Arek Jozwick from Poland who was killed on Saturday 27 August in The Stow.

Officers say they are not linking the two incidents, but have stepped up patrols in the area as a response.

Police step up patrols in Harlow following second attack on Polish men

Police say they've stepped up patrols in Harlow following a possible second hate crime attack in the town overnight.

There will be an increased number of visible policing patrols in Harlow to protect the community Credit: ITV News Anglia

Two Polish men in their 30s were assaulted by a group of four of five men outside the William Aylmer pub on Kitson Way around 3.35 this morning.

Both men were injured but have since been released from hospital.

It's follows the death of Arek Jozwick from Poland who was attacked in The Stow last weekend. Police say they're not linking the two incidents

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Two Polish men attacked in Harlow in second possible hate crime

It happened on Kitson Way in Harlow this morning. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are appealing for witnesses after two Polish men in their 30s were assaulted in a possible hate crime in Harlow, in the early hours of this morning.

It happened outside the William Aylmer pub on Kitson Way around 3.35am.

One of the men suffered a cut to his head while the other suffered a broken nose.

Both victims were treated at Princess Alexandra Hospital and have now been discharged.

It's follows the death 40-year-old Arek Jozwik who was attacked in the town last weekend (Saturday 27 August 27).

Police say they're not linking the two attacks but are stepping up patrols in the area.

This was a vicious and horrible attack.

Although we are considering this matter as a potential hate crime, it is not being linked with the attack at The Stow last weekend.

There will be an increased number of visible policing patrols in Harlow to both reassure and protect the community.

– Supt Trevor Roe, Essex police

All faiths march in memory of murdered man

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

People from all faiths will be taking part in a march through Harlow in Essex following the murder of a Polish man which police say could be a hate crime.

40-year-old Arek Jozwik died of head injuries on Monday following an attack on Saturday evening outside a takeaway in the Stow. On Wednesday night a vigil was held there.

Organisers of tomorrow's march say it's important the community displays solidarity and peace.

Hundreds attend candlelit vigil for Polish murder victim

People at the vigil

A community turned out in force at a candlelit vigil for a Polish man killed in Harlow, Essex in a possible hate crime.

Arkadiusz Jozwik

Arkadiusz Jozwik, known as Arek, was attacked on Saturday night and died on Monday from head injuries.

The 40-year-old and another Polish man were set upon outside a row of takeaway shops in what Essex Police believe was an unprovoked attack at around 11.35pm.

Campaign group Stand Up To Racism organised a candlelit vigil at the scene of the attack to show solidarity with the Polish community in the town.

People at the vigil

More than 200 people attended the event on Wednesday evening, including faith leaders, campaigners and people from the Polish community.

They listened to speakers from across the community who told of the importance of standing together.

A further community event is planned on Saturday in tribute to Mr Jozwik.

Detective Chief Inspector Martin Pasmore, of Essex Police, said while six teenagers "who were perhaps involved in that melee" had been arrested, officers believed there may have been 12 to 13 people there.

He stressed there was no evidence to suggest the incident was a hate crime, but it could not be ruled out.

Five 15-year-old boys and a 16-year-old who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been released on police bail until October 7.<

A 43-year-old man, also from Harlow, was injured in the attack, and discharged

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Polish deputy prime minister's 'sorrow' over Harlow murder

Arkadiusz Jozwik

Poland's deputy prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has expressed his sorrow at the death of Arkadiusz Jozwik, known as Arek, after he was attached in Harlow, Essex at the weekend.

Mr Morawiecki who is on a visit to England, told Radio Four's Today programme:

"This was a very sad day, and sad event. I know one line of the investigation by the police was that it might have been a hate crime, it remains to be seen what were the reasons. I hope it will never happen again, but yes, this will pose a question mark in many families, Polish families, in Great Britain."

Harlow MP's call to stand up to racism after killing

The Harlow MP, Robert Halfon, has called on townspeople to stand up to racism following the death of a Polish man.

40-year-old Arkadiusz Jozwik died after an attack outside a takeaway in The Stow. It is believed the killing may have been a hate crime.

Click below for the full report from Serena Sandhu

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