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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.


Charedim fight new marriage visa rules

By Leon Symons, November 6, 2008

The government may face a challenge to a law that will raise the marriage visa age from 18 to 21.

Campaigners, led by Michoel Posen of Agudas Israel Community Services in Stamford Hill, have warned that the law will have a severe effect on many marriages in the Charedi community, involving young people from Israel, America and Canada.

European Union countries are not affected by the law, due to come into force on November 27.


Neighbours attack ‘barbaric’ brit

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 6, 2008

An elderly woman living in sheltered housing has been threatened by an anonymous letter over her plan to hold her great-grandson's brit milah in her flat.

The letter was sent to Shirley Shad, of Norman Harris House, Southend, after she had told her neighbours about the impending circumcision.


Birth figures reveal strength of the family

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2008

More British Jews are being born than are dying each year, according to the latest survey by the Board of Deputies published this week.

And the number of divorces sanctioned by Orthodox or Reform rabbinic authorities dropped to the lowest on record for nearly 20 years.

The number of Jewish deaths last year also dropped - below 3,000 for the first time since the Board began compiling records in the 1960s.


Customers flee as grocers row in street

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2008

Customers fled from a kosher store after angry grocers clashed over the price of fruit and vegetables.

Staff from two shops brought traffic to a standstill as the row spilled out on to the pavement in Hendon, North West London.

The feud began after Veg Express opened a store three doors along from Brent Cross Food & Wine in Brent Street.

Veg Express manager Yossi Yeshaiav claims he was threatened during the incident, which was broken up by police.


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.


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.


Hague talks tough on Iran

November 6, 2008

The Shadow Foreign Secretary, William Hague, has made a call for renewed pressure on Hamas and Hizbollah, and a united world strategy on Iran.


Airport took away my ‘grenade’

By Candice Krieger, November 6, 2008

A London artist was mistaken for a terrorist as he tried to take a clay "grenade" through Heathrow Airport.

It was part of a three-part piece created by David Breuer-Weil as a commission for the Art Jerusalem fair, held at the former Mandate prison in Jerusalem.

Mr Breuer-Weil, 42, was on his way to Israel with his wife and three children last month when he was stopped by security officials at Heathrow. They confiscated the artwork, which he was hoping to sell for $250,000.


Peres to address MPs in historic visit

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 5, 2008

All the stops will be out to honour Israeli President Shimon Peres when he visits Britain for the first time since becoming president, on November 17. In addition to an as yet unannounced honorary title from the queen, he will be receiving also an honorary doctorate from King's College in London.