Theft

Raid victim 'bound and left to die'

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A pensioner died alone in her bedroom after burglars ransacked her home and left her bound, gagged and unable to call for help.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, lay undiscovered for five weeks before relatives found her body on New Year's Day 2009.

The men broke in through the basement of her five-bedroom home in Leweston Place, Stamford Hill, north London, an Old Bailey jury heard this week.

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Cops take to off-road bikes to tackle quad offenders

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 10, 2011

Police in north Manchester are to mount quad bikes in an operation to tackle anti-social behaviour in Jewish neighbourhoods in Prestwich and Whitefield, but have been told they cannot use them to chase offenders.

Local residents raised concerns at community police meetings about youths illegally riding off-road vehicles in parks and roads.

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Desecration at synagogue leads to fast

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2011

Members of a London synagogue observed a special fast on Monday after a burglary in which its Torah scrolls were dumped on the floor.

Thousands of pounds' worth of silver artefacts and scroll cases were stolen from Magen Avraham, a congregation of Aden Jews in Finchley, late last Thursday night or in the early hours of Friday.

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Stolen Klein painting recovered

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A £6,000 painting stolen from a St John's Wood art gallery two years ago has been recovered after a fan of the artist discovered it hanging in a Moroccan shop.

Three of Anita Klein's paintings were bought with a fraudulent credit card from the Boundary Gallery on the last day of her exhibition two years ago.

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New chapter in restitution opened as Catholic manuscript is sent home

By Jessica Elgot, September 21, 2010

A looted 12th-century manuscript is to be returned to Italy, the first under a new law designed to restitute art work in British museums and galleries stolen during the Holocaust.

The intricately decorated missal, a manuscript for Catholic mass, is to return to the cathedral in Benevento.

The missal was acquired by a British soldier from a secondhand book-seller in Naples in 1944, and subsequently bought by the British Museum at an auction in 1947.

Looted by Axis forces in Italy before turning up in the bookshop, the manuscript was later transferred to the British Library.

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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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Vandals steal welfare wall

September 7, 2010

Transport issues are blighting an otherwise successful conversion of Manchester's Heathlands Care Village into the new Federation of Jewish Services' headquarters.

Vandals have stolen part of a concrete-block wall erected two weeks ago, a feature of a £17,000 car park built to cope with the 40 extra staff working from the Prestwich site.

In addition, an ongoing dispute with Bury Council is blocking repairs to the road leading to the welfare facility.

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Thieves hit Liverpool synaogue roof

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 19, 2010

Merseyside police are investigating repeated thefts of large amounts of lead from the roof of Liverpool's Princes Road Synagogue.

Thousands of pounds' worth of damage is thought to have been caused to the Grade I-listed building.

The latest theft comes after £170,000 worth of repairs to Princes Road, funded by English Heritage and communal donations. The robbery has also caused rainwater to leak into the shul's annexe, causing further damage.

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Top lawyer questioned by police

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

A top Jewish lawyer has been interviewed by police investigating the alleged theft of £158,000 of his former chambers' funds.

David Friesner, who has represented Premier League footballers and was one of Manchester's most highly regarded barristers, was questioned under caution over the missing money. He has not been arrested or charged.

Mr Friesner, of Salford, denies any wrongdoing. His solicitor, Ian Lewis, said he would continue to aid police.

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