CST would like to extend its heartfelt congratulations to Devon and Cornwall Police, overall winners at the World Class Policing Awards 2019. The constabulary was recognised for their leading contribution in a number of areas, including digital device detection, policing the badger cull, support of domestic abuse victims, strategic alliance, and their handling of the terrorist incident at Exeter Synagogue.
This week, CST hosted approximately 200 volunteer personnel, security guards and Police at the pre-High Holy Day security briefing. The briefing takes place annually to ensure that we are prepared to protect our Jewish community during one of the community’s most visible times.
On 21 July 2018, the historic building housing Exeter Synagogue was subjected to an arson attack. A male used a pickaxe to smash a small hole in a toilet window, he poured fuel inside using a can, and then he used a lighter to set alight a piece of paper which he then placed inside the window. Seconds later, an explosion occurred blowing out the glass windows and the male walked away. Thankfully, no one was inside the building at the time and the fire was extinguished by neighbours before major damage was caused. Soon afterwards, a 51-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the attack. Tristan Morgan was subsequently charged with arson on the basis of recklessly endangered life.
In February 2019, an ex-employee from a steel company based in London, Mr Shane Pegg, made antisemitic comments towards the owner of the company as well as etching a swastika into a piece of metal belonging to the company.
A man has been convicted of racially aggravated public order offences following an altercation outside a synagogue in Hendon, north London, in March 2018. Al Kareem Bersi, a local resident, approached the synagogue building and started behaving erratically, intimidating the CST security officers and making abusive gestures. CST volunteers worked with Police on the case and gave evidence.
CST was delighted to host the CST Hate Crime Awareness Conference for Northern Police Officers this week in Manchester. CST enjoys a national information-sharing agreement with Police forces, meaning that Police can share reports of antisemitic incidents and vice versa, ensuring CST and Police have the most accurate information on antisemitic hate crime in the United Kingdom. CST regularly conducts joint patrols with Police across the country, educates them about the Jewish community, antisemitism and related threats. This conference served to strengthen these ties and ensure we can both continue to protect the Jewish community.
CST staff recently spoke on a panel at a conference titled The Stephen Lawrence Inquiry 20 years on. What have we learnt? What still needs to be done? put on by the John Grieve Centre, London Metropolitan University. The conference’s keynote speaker was Dr Neville Lawrence, OBE, father of the late Stephen Lawrence, who spoke alongside John Azah OBE, the CEO of Kingston Race and Equalities Council. The opening remarks of the conference reflected on London life and the experience of policing for BAME families 25 years on from losing Stephen.
Earlier this month Hassan Butt, a former leading member of the Manchester branch of the notorious Islamist organisation al-Muhajiroun, was jailed for 13 years.
CST has long supported the use of Restorative Justice for victims of crime in order to explain to offenders the impact of their crime, and for offenders to apologise for their actions. This month, CST has been involved another Restorative Justice case, after an antisemitic incident took place in May in Prestwich.
Last night an arson attack at Exeter Synagogue was reported to CST. Thankfully nobody was injured & damage was not extensive. A man has been arrested but motive is not yet known. We thank the emergency services for their swift action & remain in contact with Police.
The last few weeks saw two people face the consequences of being antisemitic when involved with football. A Braintree Town player was suspended for five games for calling a Jewish footballer a “f****** Jew” and two men were handed a five-year ban from attending games for performing Nazi salutes in a bar in Russia during the world cup. Two other men who featured in the footage were served notices under the Football Spectators Act. CST has long campaigned and worked for the issue of antisemitism in football to be tackled and for individuals who perpetrate antisemitism to be dealt with.
For the second time this year, CST welcomed a cross-Party delegation of MPs at the CST head office in London as the first stop of a wider Jewish community tour organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group Against Antisemitism (APPGA).
CST hosted its annual Metropolitan Police lunch on 15 June, with keynote speaker, Commissioner Cressida Dick. This annual gathering of CST’s supporters and our friends from the Metropolitan Police underpins the warm relationship between the Police and our community. Without it, the vital job of CST would be far harder to perform.
At the terror trial for 6 alleged members of National Action, one of the defendants, Jack Renshaw, was alleged to have said, in relation to targeting a synagogue, that “all Jews are the same, they’re all vermin.” The neo-Nazi National Action was proscribed as a terror group in December 2016, which CST welcomed. Six men, Christopher Lythgoe, Matthew Hankinson, Michal Trubini, Jack Renshaw, Andrew Clarke and Garron Helm, are all on trial at the Old Bailey on charges of being a member of a proscribed terror group.
CST hosted a well-received annual awareness event for Police officers yesterday at the Jewish Museum in Camden. There were around 100 attendees from all ranks and departments within the Police including PCSOs, Community Safety Officers and Crime Prevention Officers, as well as staff from Public Protection Support and Counter-Terrorism Units. Police personnel attended from across London and the southern regions, including Kent, Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley, City of London and Metropolitan Police.
Jeremy Bedford-Turner, the leader of the far-right London Forum, was jailed yesterday for stirring up racial hatred for calling for violence against Jews at a speech in July 2015. As came to light during the court case, CST initially referred the speech, with a full transcript, to the Metropolitan Police, Crown Prosecution Service, Home Office and the Department of Communities and Local Government, although the Crown Prosecution Service did not wish to proceed with the case at the time. However, this decision was reversed and Bedford-Turner has been sentenced to a 12-month custodial sentence.
A 22-year-old neo-Nazi, who labelled Jews “parasites” who should be “eradicated” was found guilty of incitement to racial hatred at Preston Crown Court, by a unanimous jury. The man has been found guilty of breaching the Public Order Act 1986 by using “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”. CST initially reported two speeches by the individual, who CST had been aware of for several years, to the Police. The man has been given a total sentence of three years in jail.
Barnet’s top Police officer, Detective Chief Superintendent (DCS) and Borough Commander Simon Rose, has recently completed a Masters thesis that investigates the solvability factors behind antisemitic and anti-Muslim hate crime. This thesis looks into 17 years’ worth of faith hate crime in London (a sample of 8,690 cases reported to the Metropolitan Police Service, of which 3,967 are antisemitic) and identifies which reporting factors can make a big difference to the outcome of a case by leading to a higher chance of detection (meaning the crime led to either a police caution or charge). It also showed that the specialist training received by CST security volunteers makes a substantial and significant difference to the Police’s ability to identify and charge suspects in antisemitic hate crimes.
Last night, CST was privileged to hold an information evening with Bury Police, part of the Greater Manchester Police force. The evening was an opportunity to meet the local policing team and CST and to discuss hate crime and the importance of reporting it by a variety of methods. CST also introduced a new reporting campaign on the night to ensure antisemitic incidents are being relayed to CST.
A plumber was sentenced under the Malicious Communications Act at Oxford Magistrates Court on the 11 January 2017 for launching a tirade of antisemitic abuse towards a Jewish man, who he mistakenly believed had not paid him for his plumbing services. CST supported the victim, who was harassed with threatening calls and emails by the plumber.
Yesterday CST was delighted to attend the First Victims’ Summit in Westminster, hosted by Claire Waxman, Victims’ Commissioner for London. As well as Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, other speakers included Assistant Commissioner, Patricia Gallan (MPS), Natasha Plummer (MOPAC), Rosie Sharp (London Community Foundation), Bernadette Keane (Victim Support), Claire Lindley (Chief Prosecutor from the CPS), Judith Baker (Citizens Advice Witness Service) and Sophie Linden (Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime).
The Crown Prosecution Service, with who m CST works closely to tackle antisemitism, has revealed that record numbers of tougher hate crime sentences are being handed down to offenders . The overall number of prosecutions for hate crime, including antisemitism, has fallen however from 15,542 in 2015-2016 to 14,480 in 2016-2017. CST representatives sit on several CPS-led scrutiny panels to ensure that antisemitic hate crime is not overlooked.
CST is delighted to announce it has joined the Witness Confident ‘Self Evident’ app, designed for reporting hate crime. The app has been developed by the charity with the support of the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan and Sussex Police forces…
Jose Manuel Silva has been convicted of racially, religiously aggravated intentional harassment, alarm, distress and criminal damage and sentenced to 28 days in prison and handed a fine after shouting antisemitic abuse in Golders Green.
At Ipswich Magistrate’s Court on 22 August, Richard Gary Reed pleaded guilty to religiously aggravated intentional harassment and received a £300 fine, and has been ordered to pay court costs, a victim surcharge and compensation to the victim. The case follows an incident in early August where the offender shouted antisemitic abuse at a visibly Jewish man.
CST hosts annual Metropolitan Police Lunch to recognise the importance of CST’s relationship with the Police
CST hosted its annual Metropolitan Police lunch on 23 June, with keynote speaker, Commissioner Cressida Dick. This annual event has for twenty consecutive years been held in the senior officers' dining room at Scotland Yard, a unique privilege for CST and our supporters. However, the Metropolitan Police have just moved to a new headquarters which does not have an equivalent facility. Therefore we held this year's lunch at a nearby hotel and we were pleased to welcome a record number of attendees. CST’s close working relationship with the Police is a vital part of our work to protect our community in these uncertain times and we were delighted to host Commissioner Dick during such a difficult period for the Police in London following several terrorist attacks in recent months.
CST hosted its first training session this week for Project Griffin with Nightingale Hammerson in South London, one of the Jewish community’s leading providers of care for older people. Project Griffin is a scheme run by the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, which aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that Police work with communities across the country. CST was accredited to deliver Project Griffin in December 2016.
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, this week launched a new police unit to investigate and tackle online hate crime. CST deals with antisemitic abuse on a daily basis and this new unit aims to tackle such abuse on Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms and aims to assist victims. CST was delighted to join representatives from the Crown Prosecution Service, the Metropolitan Police and other leading anti-hate crime charities at the launch this week in City Hall. CST is also a member of the Community Advisory Group for the hub, that advises on how online hate crime affects different communities.
CST is pleased to welcome Mayor Sadiq Khan’s newly published Police and Crime plan for London. The Plan prioritises violence against women and girls, keeping children and young people safe, and importantly focuses on hate crime and violence. The plan sets out a list of commitments to tackle hate crime, including antisemitism, as well as to provide support for victims of such crimes. The Plan also includes a new Online Hate Crime Hub and new support for groups helping victims of such crimes.
Last week CST, together with The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation and Israeli robotics company, ReWalk, hosted a special event with paralysed former West Midlands Police Officer, Nicki Donnelly at the CST offices in London. Nicki was officially presented with her personal ReWalk exoskeleton, which was sponsored by The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation.
CST has received several reports of leaflets that include antisemitism and Holocaust denial, being found at a handful of Universities across the United Kingdom. Reports have come from Glasgow, Cambridge, University College London and Edinburgh universities. There have also been unconfirmed reports about the leaflets being handed out at the London School of Economics.
CST received reports of six antisemitic incidents in the Edgware and Mill Hill areas of Barnet over the weekend of 20/21 January, five of which had occurred on the weekend itself and one of which took place the weekend before. These incidents included eggs being thrown at Jewish people and property; antisemitic graffiti; and a brick with swastikas drawn on it being thrown through the front window of a Jewish family’s home.
CST is proud of its close ties with the Police nationally. As part of this relationship, CST hosts and facilitates several training and education sessions during the year, such as the High Holy Day Briefing and various Police seminars nationwide.
CST is pleased to announce that the National Counter Terrorism Security Office has accredited CST to deliver Project Griffin. The project aims to keep the public safe by ensuring that the Police work together with communities across the country. The focus of Operation Griffin is encouraging and enabling members of the wider community to “detect and deter terrorist activity and crime”. The accreditation comes during Counter Terrorism Awareness Week in the UK, which CST is supporting, which aims to educate the public about terror threats to Britain and encourages people to be vigilant.
Last night CST hosted approximately 300 volunteer personnel, security guards and Police at the pre-High Holy Day security briefing. CST’s Chief Executive David Delew welcomed the attendees, and thanked the Government and Police for their work in protecting the Jewish community; and for their partnership with CST. He also summarised many of the recent improvements in communal security, including the new 24/7 CST national security control room and the provision of important protection measures and new communication equipment.
The Gerald Ronson Family Foundation has donated a revolutionary ‘Rewalk’ robotic exoskeleton to paralysed British Police Officer, Nicki Donnelly. The Foundation, alongside CST, made the connection between Rewalk and Nicki Donnelly, who had been paralysed whilst serving in the West Midlands Police, sustaining a serious spinal cord injury in the line of duty in 2009. She was left paralysed by the injury, but with aid of the exoskeleton is now able to walk again.
CST and the Police have worked very closely together to plan and enact armed foot patrols in various areas of London with large Jewish communities. Operation Hercules was announced in early August by Met police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan. The Operation includes 600 additional firearms officers to protect London against attack, and this includes protection for the Jewish community.
CST welcomes the conviction and sentencing today of Geoffrey Ingram for racially aggravated abuse following an incident in June 2015 on Regent Street. The abuse occurred after a minor motoring incident, after which the offender intimidated the victim, readily identifying him as Jewish because the victim was wearing a kippah (a Jewish skullcap). The offender, at close quarters, shouted at the victim a series of antisemitic insults and threats before the Police were called. The victim reported the incident to CST and commented that after the incident he was “really shaken up – I had to cancel meetings that day because I was a bag of nerves”. This clearly demonstrates the enormous impact that antisemitic abuse has on the victim, and that all incidents should be taken seriously and reported.
As part of CST’s national relationship with the Police, CST facilitates a variety of training and education seminars focused on Judaism, antisemitism and threats to the Jewish community. Last week at the Jewish Museum in Camden, CST hosted over 100 members of the Police, from all ranks, including Hate Crime Officers, officers from a variety of Counter Terrorism teams and neighbourhood policing teams, hailing from several Police services from the across London and the South.
CST has been working with Greater Manchester Police (GMP) following damage to 14 gravestones at Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Manchester today. CST, GMP and the Jewish Cemetery Trust inspected the gravestones this morning. There was no antisemitic graffiti found; at best this is a despicable act of criminal vandalism and at worst a targeted hate crime. It is likely to cause deep distress to those who have loved ones in the cemetery and to the wider Jewish community.
Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP, the UK Special Envoy for post-Holocaust issues, has recommended that people seeking a definition of antisemitism should use the definition that is included in the College of Policing’s 2014 Hate Crime Operational Guidance.
Today, Monday 23rd November, marks the beginning of the second national Counter Terrorism Awareness Week. The campaign aims to inform the public about any possible terror threat, gives practical advice about staying safe and how communities can assist the Police and government in tackling extremism and radicalisation.
The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) launched a Hate Crime dashboard last week coinciding with National Hate Crime Awareness Week. It was launched as part of MOPAC's Hate Crime Reduction Strategy which CST was consulted on. The figures cited are from the Metropolitan Police Service, who CST has a data sharing agreement with which mutually ensures greater accuracy in antisemitic incident figures.
British Transport Police want to speak to several men following antisemitic chanting on the 19:03 train from Watford Junction to Birmingham New Street on Saturday 15th August 2015. A group of West Ham supporters, who are believed to have left the train at Northampton, chanted antisemitic songs and were challenged by a man who boarded the train at Watford Junction.
CST thanks Greater Manchester Police for its prompt action concerning a particularly serious and worrying incident in heart of north Manchester's Jewish community. There is far too much antisemitic abuse and violence and we hope these arrests will send a strong message, providing some reassurance to the Jewish community.
A court in Paris has handed down a sentence of nine years to leader of ‘Horseman of Pride’, Mohammed Achamlane, after he was convicted for “criminal conspiracy related to a terrorist enterprise”.
Mike Whine was a trainer at the first week long seminar on hate crime organised by the European Police College in July.
20-25 neo-Nazis (including five Poles) turned up in Whitehall and were loudly jeered by 150-200 anti-fascists of various political and religious affiliations, including Jews and Christians. 220 CST volunteers and staff helped secure our Golders Green Jewish community from the evening of Friday 3 July (ie erev Shabbat) through to Sunday 5 July. They were sincerely thanked by many members of our community, and CST has received many phone calls and emails of gratitude.
This morning CST hosted an awareness conference for over 40 hate crime officers from the Metropolitan Police Service and other constabularies, as well as Police and Crime Commissioner, local authority and several Government departments’ Hate Crime specialists.
The Metropolitan Police Service have shared their statement with CST regarding conditions that they have imposed on the July 4th demonstration:
A new report written by Andrew Boff, a member of the Conservative Group on the London Assembly, has called for a specialist Police unit to be set up to tackle online hate crime.
Mike Freer MP and representatives from CST, London Jewish Forum, Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council held a very constructive meeting yesterday with Mike Penning MP, Minister of State for Policing to discuss communal concerns in advance of the far right rally due to take place in Golders Green on 4 July.
Yesterday, CST held an awareness event for Police officers at London's Jewish Museum, as part of a training programme for Police that CST has been running in conjunction with the Museum since 2011.
For several weeks, CST has known of a proposed neo-Nazi demonstration in Golders Green, North London, planned for Saturday 4 July. CST has been discussing the matter with Police and Government, and yesterday joined with other Jewish groups in asking that the demonstration be banned. Should the demonstration proceed, CST will do its utmost to protect both those who choose to counter-demonstrate and those who choose to continue their normal Jewish lives.
Working in the CST Incident Department is challenging but highly rewarding. We are often the first point of contact for victims of antisemitism. When we answer the phone we do not know what we are going to be dealing with.
CST has signed an agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to share antisemitic incident data with Police forces across the UK.
The BBC has reported that French police have arrested four people for alleged connections to the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris in January.
A neo-Nazi activist called Joshua Bonehill-Paine has announced his intention to hold an antisemitic demonstration in Stamford Hill, north London, on 22nd March. This has distressed many people due to the presence of a large Jewish community in that part of London. CST has received several calls, emails and other messages of concern as a result.
National Policing Lead for Counter Terrorism, Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley, has announced that the terrorist threat assessment relating to the UK Jewish community has been increased in the light of recent events in Paris, Belgium and elsewhere. Assistant Commissioner Rowley said: The global picture of terrorist activity does give us…
CST, working with Police and Government, has increased its security cover at Jewish locations throughout the country. This is in response to the terrorist attack on Friday 9th January in Paris upon the Hyper Cacher Jewish store, in which four hostages were killed by a Jihadi terrorist. The previous day,…
Media reports indicate that hostages have been taken at a kosher grocery store in Paris, and that there may well be casualties in the incident. This follows the murder of a Police officer in Paris yesterday and the deadly terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper office on Wednesday. There…
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Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish of Nottinghamshire Police and CST's Northern Regional Director Amanda Bomsztyk CST and Nottinghamshire Police today signed an information sharing agreement to help our joint work combating hate crime. This agreement enables us to share anonymised information about antisemitic incidents and hate crimes that occur…
Due to current tensions in Israel and the Palestinian Authority, CST has issued an advisory notice to all UK Jewish communal venues, stating that security procedures should be rigorously followed. CST is in close contact with Police and Government. They are aware of our concerns…
This weekend saw positive developments following last week's shocking desecration of Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Manchester. Around 45 gravestones had been pushed over or damaged during the desecration, which took place on the weekend of 22/23 June. Greater Manchester Police have arrested two boys, both aged 13, on suspicion of committing a…
CST has received reports of the desecration of a large number of gravestones at Blackley Jewish Cemetery on Rochdale Road, Greater Manchester. Approximately 40 gravestones were pushed over or smashed at some time between 4pm on Sunday 22nd June and 3.30pm on Monday afternoon. This follows the discovery…
Further to yesterday's CST Blog post "Racist bombs in West Midlands?", West Midlands Police have released a description and two photographs of a man they "urgently want to speak to in connection with the attack on the Aisha mosque in Walsall". The description and photographs are here on the…
CST's website now includes a new section, listing successful UK prosecutions for antisemitic acts from 2003 to 2012. It can be accessed here and will be updated as necessary. CST hopes that this list will encourage victims of antisemitism to report their experience and help press for action against…
The proper reporting and recording of hate crimes is a vital first step in the work done by CST, the police and others in reducing hate crime and supporting its victims. People who suffer hate crime often feel vulnerable and isolated, and it is important to provide as many different…