Community Security Trust

We're not budging, say CST volunteer guards

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Community Security Trust volunteers have said they refuse to be frightened out of protecting British synagogues following the attacks in Denmark.

Michael, 54, from Essex, has worked with CST protecting synagogues and Jewish events for over 11 years.

He said: "I've heard from people who all of a sudden say, 'hold on, I didn't realise we were putting our lives on the line'.

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Secure Our Shuls

February 19, 2015

Last week, we reported on the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry Into Antisemitism. Among its main recommendations was that “a governmental fund be established to cover both capital and revenue costs for the security of British synagogues”. Within days of the report being published, the importance of that recommendation was brought home with tragic clarity.

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Nick Clegg pledges to continue Jewish school security funding

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

The Liberal Democrats will protect funding for security measures in Jewish schools if the party returns to government after May’s election, Nick Clegg has announced.

The Deputy Prime Minister said his party would guarantee the continuation of the £2.3m funding the Department for Education provides.

Jewish state schools use the money to provide additional security measures.

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Two men charged with helping Copenhagen gunman

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2015

Two men have been charged with assisting the man believed to be responsible for the attacks on a shul and a café over the weekend in Copenhagen.

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Reassurance over anti-Charedi protest

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

Fears of a far-right nationalist rally against the Charedi community have been dampened by police and Jewish security groups.

White supremacist Joshua Bonehill-Paine announced his intention to "Liberate Stamford Hill" with a demonstration in Hackney, north London.

In a supposed "appeal against the Jewification of Britain", he claimed there was an "on-going foreign occupation" of the area, wi

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CST figures show 2014 worst year on record for hate

By Marcus Dysch, February 5, 2015

More antisemitic incidents were recorded in Britain in 2014 than ever before, the Community Security Trust has revealed.

There were 1,168 cases reported to the charity — the highest since its records began.

The figure was more than double the number in the previous year, and included the worst-ever month. Last July saw 314 cases of Jew-hatred.

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Police move to calm fears after false alarm over Golders Green car

By Sandy Rashty, January 21, 2015

Security groups have called on the London Jewish community to remain calm after a false alarm was raised on social media and neighbourhood forums over “men” behaving suspiciously.

Yesterday afternoon, messages were circulated calling on the community to report a car seen in a Jewish area of north-west London to police, including anti-terrorism officers.

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Police have “heightened concern” about terrorist threat to UK Jews

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Police have said they have "heightened concern" about a possible terrorist attack on Jews in the UK.

However, the force emphasised that it has seen nothing to suggest such an attack is imminent.

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The message for the UK: Stay alert but don't panic

By David Delew, January 15, 2015

After last week's dreadful events in Paris, our immediate task at CST is to ensure the best possible security, and to ask our community to be alert, but not in a state of panic.

Events in Paris are a brutal confirmation of why we do our work. It is why thousands of volunteers have been trained and millions of pounds invested.

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Police investigate Liverpool swastika daubing

By Sandy Rashty, January 13, 2015

Police are appealing for witnesses after swastikas were found scratched into the door of a Jewish prayer hall in Liverpool.

The marks were carved in the Jewish section of Springwood Cemetery in Allerton.

The incident is being investigated by Merseyside police who are treating it as a hate crime.

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