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Investigation following anti-Semitic incidents in Barnet

News   •   Jan 22, 2017 14:10 GMT

Officers from Barnet are investigating a number of hate crime incidents of an anti-Semitic nature that have been reported to police in the past few days.

At this early stage, it is not known whether the offences are linked but officers are keen to speak with anyone who has any information regarding the crimes, or who may have been a victim. The offences include criminal damage and the use of offensive language aimed towards the Jewish community.

On the afternoon of Friday, 20 January, police were called to Daws Lane, NW7 following the discovery of offensive graffiti on a recycling bin and a bollard.

Later that night, at approximately 22:30hrs, a woman was walking along Edgwarebury Lane when eggs were thrown towards her from a passing car. Although nothing was said to the victim, this is being considered as a hate crime.

The following day, Saturday, 21 January, police were called to reports of a broken window at a residential address on Hillside Gardens in Edgware. A brick is believed to have been thrown through the window between 04:00 and 05:00hrs that morning. A number of offensive and anti-Semitic comments were written on it.

Several hours later, police were called to an address on Watford Way, NW7 following reports that a swastika had been drawn in condensation on a window.

Officers are carrying a number of enquiries into these incidents and are in the process of examining footage from CCTV cameras.

Local officers will also be conducting reassurance patrols in the area and would welcome the opportunity to speak with anyone who has any concerns.

Inspector Justin Zitver from Barnet Borough, said: "Whilst there is no evidence at this stage to suggest that these offences are linked, it is of great concern that members of our local community are being targeted in this way.

"The Met is committed to working with our partners, to tackle all types of hate crime including the use of anti-Semitic language.

"We will have a number of ongoing reassurance patrols in the Borough and I would encourage anyone who has been a victim of crime, or who has any information that will help our investigations to speak with officers. Together, we can make every effort to hold the offenders to account."

There have been no arrests and enquiries continue.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact officers at Barnet on 101 or via Twitter @MetCC

Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.