Five teenagers arrested in connection with alleged attempt to kidnap Jewish man

Shomrim posted footage of the alleged kidnap in Stamford Hill online


One of the suspects can be seen approaching a Charedi Jewish man in Stamford Hill (Photo: Shomrim)

Five teenagers have been arrested in connection with an alleged attempted kidnap of a Jewish man in Stamford Hill.

Hackney Police confirmed the arrests after it launched an investigation into the incident, which took place on Friday.

A video of the alleged kidnap was shared on Twitter/X by neighbourhood-watch group Shomrim.

In the footage, two men can be seen getting out of a car, with one of them opening the boot while the other approaches a visibly Jewish passer-by and appears to usher him toward the compartment.

The Charedi man, who was on the phone at the time of the incident, stepped back from the men.

The men seem to give up and can be seen getting back into their car and driving off.

In a statement, Hackney Police said: “Five teenagers, three aged 17, one 15 and one 18-years-old [sic] have been arrested and taken into custody in connection with a reported attempted kidnap in Stamford Hill.

“Officers in Hackney are investigating the incident which happened on Friday in Moundfield Road, N16.”

Since the October 7 Hamas terror attack on Israel, antisemitic incidents in the UK have skyrocketed.

The Community Security Trust (CST) recorded 4,103 antisemitic incidents in the UK in 2023, the highest total ever reported to the body in a single calendar year.

The figure represents an increase of 147 per cent from the 1,662 anti-Jewish hate incidents recorded by the charity in 2022.

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