Crime

Shul CCTV catches purse snatcher

By Marcus Dysch, December 9, 2010

An Edgware synagogue has been thanked by police for its role in the jailing of a heroin addict who assaulted a pensioner outside the shul. The Yeshurun Synagogue in Fernhurst Gardens assisted officers' inquiries after the incident last month.

Christian Molnar, 30, of Burnt Oak Broadway, was jailed for 24 weeks at Hendon Magistrates' Court after admitting snatching a purse from an 84-year-old non-Jewish woman to fund his addiction.

The shul handed police a CCTV recording of the mugging which showed Molnar making off with the purse.

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Hollywood legend gunned down in car

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

A legendary Jewish Hollywood publicist was shot and killed in Beverly Hills on her way home from the premiere of the new Christina Aguilera film.

Ronni Chasen, 64, who represented stars including Natalie Wood and Morgan Freeman, was found dead in her car after being shot several times in the chest.

She was driving down Sunset Boulevard at the time, and police found the car crashed into a lamppost.

Hours earlier she had been mingling with celebrities at the opening night of the Cher film Burlesque.

Born in New York, she founded the Chasen & Company publicity firm.

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Prison kosher food ban ruled unlawful

By Jennifer Lipman, November 5, 2010

Jewish prisoners in an Indiana jail could soon be enjoying kosher meals after a judge ruled that only offering a vegan option was against the law.

Matson Willis, an Orthodox Jewish inmate at the state’s Miami Correctional Facility sued the prison last year when kosher meals were scrapped in a bid to cut costs.

But federal judge Jane Magnus-Stinson said the change was a breach of religious rights. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, more than 90 prisoners were affected by the menu change.

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Teenager scares off burglars

November 4, 2010

Police have praised the actions of a quick-thinking teenage girl who scared off three would-be burglars as they tried to break into her home in north west London.

The girl, who is in her early teens, heard the men in the garden of her Hendon home. She called Barnet police to raise the alarm and then called her father to alert him to the situation.

Within minutes, officers raced to the girl's aid. The men fled the scene. Police said later that two men had been arrested and they were still seeking the third.

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EDL men charged with Israel demo offences

By Jessica Elgot, November 3, 2010

Three EDL members charged with affray and public order offences during a “Tea Party” rabbi’s speech at Speakers Corner have had their case sent to Crown Court.

Shortly after their demonstration on Sunday outside the Israeli Embassy in Kensington, EDL supporters made their way to Hyde Park where Rabbi Nachum Shifren, the so-called "surfing rabbi" from California, gave a short speech.

The rabbi had earlier called Muslims “dogs” and told the EDL “We will never surrender to the sword of Islam."

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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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