By Jessica Elgot, August 12, 2010
A non-Jewish former special constable was beaten up by a hooded gang after he grew a beard, dressed in black and wore a wide-brimmed hat.
Linden Barrington, 25, is a sales representative who lives in an area of Walsall, West Midlands, with a high Muslim population.
Six months ago he began wearing a kippah and has even been keeping Shabbat as part of his intention to convert to Judaism.
He says he has been abused repeatedly since he changed his appearance. Youths have gathered outside his home shouting: “Murdering Jewish bastard”and “f***ing Zionist. You deserve to die.”