Crime

Manchester grave attack: it gets worse

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 3, 2014

Vandals who went on a wrecking spree while police were sent to the wrong cemetery were free to causechaos for another reason, it has emerged.

Twelve months ago, burial authorities sacked the man who had looked after the grounds in Manchester's Blackley area for 14 years.

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Four arrested over Manchester burglaries that targeted Jewish families

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Three men and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of a series of violent burglaries which targeted Jewish families.

The four were detained as part of Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Resemble following burglaries in north Manchester and Salford.

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Israeli security officers sacked over kidnapping

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Israeli security officers have been dismissed after an investigative body found a “serious failure of conduct” on the night three teenagers were kidnapped by Hamas insurgents.

The investigative committee, which released its report today, found that operators monitoring the police emergency hotline had mishandled the phone call on the night of the kidnapping.

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Two teenagers arrested over Manchester cemetery desecration

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

Two teenagers have been arrested after a Jewish cemetery in Manchester was desecrated.

The attack at the Rochdale Road cemetery – in which swastikas covered tombstones and 40 headstones were pushed over, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage – was described as “sickening” by Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

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Man freed in Shalit deal 'killed cop'

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 26, 2014

A former Palestinian prisoner who was released under the Gilad Shalit deal has been charged with murder.

Ziad Awwad was indicted on Monday for the April 14 murder of Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi.

Mizrahi had been driving his family to Kiryat Arba to celebrate Pesach and was shot dead near Hebron. His wife was wounded in the attack.

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Armed raiders threaten couple in 4am attack

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2014

Violent intruders terrorised a Jewish couple during a burglary over the Shavout festival.

The north Manchester couple in their 60s had hammers held over their heads by two men who broke into their Salford home around 4am last Wednesday morning.

The 67-year-old wife was told she would be harmed if she did not hand over jewellery and credit cards.

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Judge wants full details of stab woman's death

June 12, 2014

A Romanian who murdered an Israeli woman in her home is facing life behind bars.

Nicolae Patraucean, 20, left Rivka Holden, 55, so badly mutilated it is still unclear exactly how she died, the Old Bailey heard.

Ms Holden suffered horrific wounds in the attack at her home in Colindale, north-west London, and may also have been sexually assaulted by Patraucean.

He showed no emotion in the d

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Jewish teenagers fall victim to gambling menace

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Gambling now poses the biggest threat to Jewish teenagers - even more than drink and drug abuse.

The rise in the number of betting shops and online applications is blamed for a problem experts say is being ignored.

And, they add, smartphones have done much to encourage the bet-anywhere-anytime philosophy and help keep the problem hidden.

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Palestinian teenager found guilty of stabbing soldier

By Charlotte Oliver, June 3, 2014

A Palestinian teenager was convicted on Monday by an IDF military court of stabbing an Israeli soldier to death late last year on a public bus in northern Israel.

IDF recruit Eten Atias died in hospital aged 18 last November after the 16-year-old Palestinian boy, who could not be legally identified, attacked him as their bus entered the Afula central bus station.

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Brighton plaque honours Victorian policeman

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2014

A blue plaque has been unveiled by Brighton mayor Brian Fitch to commemorate Henry Solomon, the first chief officer of Brighton Borough Police and the only one to have died on duty.

Mr Solomon was appointed in 1838 and commanded 31 officers for six years but he was attacked with a poker in his office by a petty thief, John Lawrence, on March 13, 1844, and died a day later of his wounds.

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