Yom Kippur crime on the increase

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

A man was arrested for shouting antisemitic abuse and police are investigating a number of other incidents which took place around synagogues over Shabbat and Yom Kippur.

After a peaceful Rosh Hashanah, the Community Security Trust reported a busier Yom Kippur period with reports of verbal abuse and egg-throwing in north-west London, Hertfordshire and Manchester.

On Saturday night, a 38-year-old man was arrested in Golders Green for causing racially aggravated harassment and distress. He has been bailed to return to a north-west London police station on October 27.

On Kol Nidre night, police were called to Edgware after passengers in a car shouted abuse at Stanmore Synagogue congregants. No arrests were made and police are still investigating.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said: “A small number of regrettable incidents did occur, but as with Rosh Hashanah, the overwhelming majority of congregants were able to fully enjoy and experience their day without any negativity.”

Last updated: 5:18pm, October 1 2009