Victoria station antisemitism incident appeal issued by British Transport Police

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An antisemitism investigation is under way after an incident at Victoria Station on Saturday, when estimated 300,000 people joined a pro-Palestine protest.

Transport officers are appealing for information following reports of an antisemitic hate crime at Victoria Station on Saturday (November 11).

The British Transport Police (BTP), which oversees the railway network, has shared an image of a woman detectives believe could help with their investigation.

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The incident occurred amid the largest protest in the UK since Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, as an estimated 300,000 called for a ceasefire in the conflict.

Police are asking anyone who recognises the woman pictured to get in touch. Credit: BTP.Police are asking anyone who recognises the woman pictured to get in touch. Credit: BTP.
Police are asking anyone who recognises the woman pictured to get in touch. Credit: BTP. | BTP

The protesters marched from Hyde Park down to the US Embassy in Vauxhall, in what was a largely peaceful demonstration.

A total of 145 arrests were made, the majority of whom were part of a counter-demonstration by far-right groups, police say, with seven people charged.

Former home secretary Suella Braverman had been accused of inflaming tensions between the groups after branding pro-Palestineian protesters “hate marchers” and criticising the Met for allowing the march to go ahead on Armistice Day.

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In a statement on Saturday, assistant commissioner Matt Twist said: “This operation took place in unique circumstances, against a backdrop of conflict in the Middle East, on Armistice Day and following a week of intense debate about protest and policing. These all combined to increase community tensions.

“The extreme violence from the right wing protestors towards the police today was extraordinary and deeply concerning.

“While the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) march did not see the sort of physical violence carried out by the right wing, we know that for London’s Jewish communities whose fears and concerns we absolutely recognise, the impact of hate crime and in particular anti-Semitic offences is just as significant.”

Anyone who recognises the woman in the photo is asked to contact BTP by texting 61016 or calling 0800 40 50 40, quoting reference 217 of 12/11/2023.

To remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.