Crime

Youths taunt pub staff in sale row

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

Staff at a pub which is due to be turned into a synagogue say they have been harassed by Jewish youths shouting “burn in hell” and “it’s our pub now”.

The Swan, in the heart of London’s strictly Orthodox community in Stamford Hill, was bought by members of the Bobov community in September for around £1 million.

But their plan to turn it into a community centre and shul has been met with opposition from regulars.

Since the sale, staff say they have been intimidated by young members of the Charedi community banging on windows, making obscene gestures and goading regulars.

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New probe into death of bagel-stab violinist

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

A new inquest is to be held into the death of a musician stabbed on his way to buy bagels after his killer was given an indefinite jail sentence.

Klezmer violinist Michael Kahan was attacked by paranoid schizophrenic Jonathan Mills in June this year outside a shop in Crumpsall, north
Manchester.

Mills, 31, was ordered to be detained in a high security psychiatric hospital after Manchester Crown Court heard that he stabbed Mr Kahan because he was suffering delusions that Jewish people were preventing him from getting his medication changed.

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Victims shocked by Manchester burglaries

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 4, 2008

Prestwich and Broughton Park residents have been shaken by a spate of audacious robberies.

Up to a dozen Jewish households and businesses have been burgled in the past fortnight and police are urging community members to step-up security measures in their homes.

Most of the robberies have been in the early hours of the morning. In four cases thieves entered the victims’ bedrooms.

A Prestwich mother recounted her fright at waking at 4am to see a man rummaging through her possessions. Her husband was away and she was at home with her two children.

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Burglar appeal

November 27, 2008

Detectives have appealed to the public to help identify a burglar who has targeted Jewish houses in Stamford Hill, North London.

Police believe the burglar, described as black and in his mid to late thirties, has struck at least six times in the area in recent months, all at Jewish homes. He has escaped with small items such as jewellery, cash and passports.

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Gang wars fear after mafia boss is killed

By Yaakov Katz, November 20, 2008

Police fear that this week's slaying of a top mobster in Tel Aviv will lead to an all-out crime war in Israeli cities.

On Monday, 53-year-old Yaacov Alperon, a former boxer and one of Israel's most infamous mobsters, died in a meticulously planned car bombing in central Tel Aviv, shortly after attending a court hearing for one of his sons, suspected of running an extortion racket. Two bystanders were injured.

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Gang war fear after mafia boss slaying

By Yaakov Katz, November 19, 2008

Police fear that this week's slaying of a top mobster in Tel Aviv will lead to an all-out crime war in Israeli cities.

On Monday, 53-year-old Yaacov Alperon, a former boxer and one of Israel's top mobsters, died in a meticulously planned car bombing in central Tel Aviv shortly after attending a court hearing for one of his sons, suspected of running an extortion racket. Two bystanders were injured.

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Car-jackers beat me up and sped off with my dog

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

A mother-of-three has spoken of how a gang beat and threatened to kill her before stealing her car and driving off with her pedigree dog as she left a nail salon in North-West London.

Lorretta Paterson, who runs gift shop Temptations in Temple Fortune, suffered cuts and bruises when she was severely beaten by three men, last Friday.

The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Jewish business owners in the area.

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Masked men rob driver of his BMW

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 6, 2008

A man has been left shaken after masked thieves stole his black BMW from outside his home.

The 57-year-old victim, who does not want to be named, said three men dressed in dark clothes and balaclavas demanded his car keys when he left the vehicle to open the garage in Park Lane, Whitefield, Manchester. The assailants then drove off at high speed.

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Duggan family wins hearing

By Craig Silver, November 6, 2008

The family of Jeremiah Duggan won a preliminary hearing this week at the High Court which could lead to a second inquest into the 22-year old's death.

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Jewellers robbed: 2 charged

October 30, 2008

Two men have been charged with robbery following an attack on a jewellery store run by two Jewish brothers, David and Richard Share.

A gang entered Share jewellers in Leeds on Tuesday last week after smashing a window and climbing into the main customer showroom.

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