News – Police
15 May 2018 by CST
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.
19 Apr 2018 by CST
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.
8 Feb 2018 by CST
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.
25 Jan 2018 by 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.
22 Nov 2017 by CST
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).
17 Oct 2017 by CST
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.
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…
11 Sep 2017 by CST
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.
7 Sep 2017 by CST
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
5 Jul 2017 by CST
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.
5 May 2017 by CST
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.
27 Apr 2017 by CST
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.
23 Mar 2017 by CST
Everybody at CST extends our deepest condolences to all those affected by yesterday’s terrorist incident at Parliament.
22 Mar 2017 by CST
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.
9 Feb 2017 by CST
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.
7 Feb 2017 by CST
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.
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.
16 Dec 2016 by CST
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.
2 Dec 2016 by CST
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.
1 Dec 2016 by CST
CST thanks Home Secretary Amber Rudd MP for her strong support for communal security measures, as stated in her speech at a Jewish news / BICOM conference on 30 November.
14 Sep 2016 by CST
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.
14 Sep 2016 by CST
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.
24 Aug 2016 by CST
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.
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.
27 May 2016 by CST
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.
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.
31 Mar 2016 by CST
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.
23 Nov 2015 by CST
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.
20 Oct 2015 by CST
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.
12 Oct 2015 by CST
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.
13 Jul 2015 by CST
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”.
9 Jul 2015 by CST
Mike Whine was a trainer at the first week long seminar on hate crime organised by the European Police College in July.
2 Jul 2015 by CST
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.
25 Jun 2015 by CST
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.
24 Jun 2015 by CST
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.
22 May 2015 by CST
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.
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.
10 Mar 2015 by CST
The BBC has reported that French police have arrested four people for alleged connections to the Islamist terrorist attacks in Paris in January.
8 Mar 2015 by CST
CST has given its backing to ‘We Stand Together’, a campaign to promote community cohesion and oppose hatred and bigotry.