News – Incidents

  • Pensioner who daubed anti-Zionist and antisemitic graffiti in Dunham Massey sentenced following cooperation between CST and Police

    6 Nov 2017 by CST

    Timothy Rustige, a 68-year-old pensioner from Altrincham, has been sentenced following a campaign of graffiti, including antisemitism. CST’s Northern Regional office worked closely with Police following the several incidents at the River Bollin Aqueduct in Dunham Massey, that took place between August 2016 and June 2017.

  • CST joins phone app for reporting hate crime

    29 Sep 2017 by CST

    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…

  • CST volunteers and commercial security guards detain man with knife

    17 Jul 2017 by CST

    On the morning of Saturday 15 July, CST volunteers and commercial security guards helped protect the Jewish community from a potentially serious incident.   Shortly after 11.15am, a man was seen running in Brent Street, Hendon, north west London. The man was barefoot and bare chested, carrying two knives (one a large kitchen style knife, the other smaller). He rushed down a narrow lane in which a synagogue is located, and which is a dead end. Ahead of him, synagogue congregants ran into the building, ushered by the synagogue’s own CST-trained security officer and a commercial security guard employed by the synagogue.

  • CST supporting victims of antisemitism in Barnet

    23 Jan 2017 by CST

    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.    

  • Home Affairs Select Committee antisemitism report praises work of CST

    19 Oct 2016 by CST

    On Sunday the Home Affairs Select Committee released a report into antisemitism in the UK, following months of investigations, including sessions with the Committee where representatives from CST, the Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies gave evidence.  

  • Man handed 26 week suspended sentence for antisemitic graffiti

    17 Aug 2016 by CST

    A Polish man, Kamil Malmon, has been found guilty and handed a 26 week suspended sentence for writing “F*** da juda” in pencil on the wall of Pinner Synagogue in June of this year. Malmon was filmed by CCTV, installed at the synagogue with funding provided by CST’s Security Enhancement Project, approaching the wall where the graffiti was later found. Malmon appeared to take something out of his pocket and draw on the wall. He was later identified by the caretaker of the synagogue and a pencil was found on his person.  

  • Man sentenced to 16 weeks for antisemitic abuse

    17 Jun 2016 by CST

    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.

  • Following year of desecrations new programme piloted to preserve Jewish cemeteries

    15 Jun 2016 by CST

    The European Jewish Cemeteries Initiative was launched last week in Strasbourg, France at a briefing at the Council of Europe. The Initiative aims to restore cemeteries across Eastern Europe, and has so far restored several in Ukraine, Poland, the Czech Republic, Belarus, Serbia and Moldova. Cemetery desecrations cause deep distress to both families of those who are buried at the cemetery, and to the wider Jewish community. It shows Jews that they are not safe from repellent antisemitism, even in death. Damage to Jewish cemeteries can also be simple criminal vandalism and is not always necessarily motivated by antisemitism.

  • CST working with the Police following damage to Jewish cemetery

    19 May 2016 by CST

    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.  

  • CST statement on allegations of antisemitism at the Oxford Union Labour Club

    17 Feb 2016 by CST

    These allegations are very serious and demand a full and urgent inquiry. There is a clear link between extreme hatred of Israel and the kind of antisemitic and pro-terrorist attitudes alleged by Oxford Jewish Society.

  • Awful antisemitic abuse reported at Conservative Party Conference

    9 Oct 2015 by CST

    Instances of antisemitic abuse from protesters have been reported from outside the Conservative Party Conference, which took place in Manchester earlier this week. Witnesses have claimed that delegates were branded “Nazis” and one visibly Jewish delegate was told to “go back to Auschwitz”. The Greater Manchester Police (GMP) stated that they have “not received any reports” of antisemitism in relation to the conference, however the officers “policing the conference have been given clear direction to take action against any individual who goes beyond peaceful protest”.    

  • CST Security Statement: Antisemitic Assault at Bowker Vale Metro Station

    8 Sep 2015 by CST

    CST is sending the below security notice to synagogues and other Jewish organisations in Greater Manchester. This follows a serious antisemitic assault in the heart of the north Manchester Jewish community.   

  • How CST's incidents response team helps victims of antisemitism

    13 Apr 2015 by CST

    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.

  • Rabbi reveals Stamford Hill synagogue brawl was sparked by party dispute

    26 Mar 2015 by Dave Rich

    The Jewish Chronicle has reported that the fight at a synagogue in Stamford Hill, north London, on Saturday night was sparked by an argument at a nearby party.

  • Jewish cemetery vandalised in Hungary

    25 Mar 2015 by CST

    A Jewish cemetery in Gyongyos, Hungary, was desecrated over the weekend, leaving 15-20 gravestones damaged.

  • Incident at synagogue in Stamford Hill

    23 Mar 2015 by CST

    Social media and British and international news outlets have reacted strongly to an incident at a synagogue in Stamford Hill early on Sunday 22 March.