Crime

Witness sought for Barnet attempted burglary

By Leon Symons, October 22, 2010

Police in Barnet have launched an appeal to trace a man described as a “Jewish male” who may have vital information about an attempted burglary.

The man, who was wearing a kippah, drove after two men who had been seen leaving an empty flat in Bridge Lane, Golders Green, north west London. Subsequently police said the man saw the suspects drive away in a blue Renault Megane. The “Jewish male” was driving a white or cream-coloured people carrier.

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Racial abuse pair spared jail sentences

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2010

Two men have avoided jail after racially abusing yeshivah students during a drunken rampage.

Mark Padgett and Karl Bowman taunted the students at Gateshead Talmudical College and tried to provoke them into fighting in the street.

The pair had been drinking at a house party before the incident in May.

Padgett, 19, of Saltwell Road, Gateshead, caused more than £1,000 of damage to the yeshivah by battering the front door with a plank of wood. He also smashed a car windscreen.

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Crimefighter whose only weapon is a keyboard

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2010

In the scorching Jerusalem summer heat, armed Israeli police raid an apartment searching for a child missing since 2008. Ten-year-old Michael Bitton is thought to have been abducted in one of Israel's highest-profile international custody battles. Among those helping the police in their hunt is former joint-head of the Manchester Community Security Trust, Joel Tobias.

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Small shuls rely on good police rapport

By Leon Symons, September 21, 2010

The sight of men and women standing outside synagogues on security duty on High Holy Days and festivals has become commonplace in London, Manchester, Glasgow and other major centres.

But what happens in the dozens of small communities scattered around the country?

Gabriel Lancaster at Chatham Memorial Synagogue in Kent said the 40 member synagogue, founded in 1750, has a very good rapport with its local police.

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Robbers run over victim on Rosh Hashanah

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2010

A 57-year-old woman was run over by a gang who stole her car as she returned home from celebrating Rosh Hashanah with friends.

Arriving back at her Hendon home with family members late last Thursday night, she saw two men walking down her driveway. Two other men were sitting in her car.

The woman stood in front of the vehicle but the thieves drove away, knocking her over. The other men ran off.

She suffered a cut knee and bruising and was taken by ambulance to hospital, but was later released. An elderly relative who saw what happened suffered shock.

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Woman hospitalised after new year car theft

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2010

A Jewish woman from Hendon was attacked by four men on her way home from a Rosh Hashanah meal.

The 57-year-old was left with a bruised thigh and cut on her knee after thieves broke into her home and stole her car.

She and her family returned just before midnight on Thursday to find the men in the process of stealing the car, which had been parked in her driveway.

The woman attempted to stop the burglary by standing in front of the car, but the men knocked her down and drove off.

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Arab-Jew deception rape 'was violent'

September 7, 2010

Evidence revealed last week has cast new light on the case of Saber Kashur, the Arab man convicted of rape for telling a woman with whom he had sex that he was Jewish.

The sex was considered a rape only because Kashur masqueraded as a Jew.

The Jerusalem DA's office agreed however that, although the rape was violent, Kashur would be charged with the lesser crime of "rape by deception" in order to avoid the victim being cross-examined.

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Thieves rob Jewish teens at knifepoint

By Robyn Rosen, September 3, 2010

A group of Jewish teenagers have been robbed at knifepoint in Hendon.

The three 16-year-old boys were followed by a blue car at 2.30am on Thursday as they walked home through Manor Hall Avenue.

After noticing the car, they ran and hid behind bushes in a garden. Two men followed them into the garden and threatened them with knives, demanding their valuables.

One of the boys handed the robbers his £200 blackberry and the thieves made off in a car.

No one was hurt.

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Policing the festivals

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 26, 2010

High visibility patrols near synagogues, mobile police stations and extra hate crime reporting centres will be features of Greater Manchester Police's High Holy Days security operation.

"The efforts we have made over the years means we have more community confidence than ever before," said Sergeant Ian Campbell of Prestwich Neighbourhood Policing.

Chief Superintendent Jon Rush said the continuance of operations at last year's level was based on "positive feedback" from community members.

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Comment: Peace talks? Don't get your hopes up

By Gerald M Steinberg, August 26, 2010

Six decades of failed peace efforts have left most Israelis (and Palestinians) deeply skeptical about the prospects for success.

The pattern is familiar - a new American president, faced with major difficulties at home and abroad, hopes that a Middle East peace breakthrough will help solve many of these problems. He squeezes the leaders of both sides, and as neither wants the label of "spoiler", they go along with the charade.

But the efforts fail, as core differences over history, religion (particularly in Jerusalem), borders and sovereignty remain insurmountable.

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