Stamford Hill: Man 'made threats to kill' Jewish people in shop during 'antisemitic' outburst

The Met Police was called to the incident in the High Road, Stamford Hill, Hackney.

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A man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill during an antisemitic incident in a shop in Stamford Hill on Wednesday (November 15).

The Met Police was called to a store in the High Road at just after 6pm to reports of a man spitting and shouting antisemitic slurs at Jewish members of the public.

He is alleged to have made threats to kill those present while expressing support for the Palestinian cause.

Police say a 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of making threats to kill and committing a racially aggravated Public Order Act offence.

When the man was in police custody, he was further arrested following alleged racist and homophobic remarks made towards an officer.

He has since been bailed pending further enquiries.

Terrorism arrest

In a separate incident, a 37-year-old man was apprehended in west London on Friday following an investigation into Hamas-related online posts.

He was arrested on suspicion of encouraging terrorism (Section 1 of the Terrorism Act 2006), and showing support for a proscribed organisation (Section 12 of the Terrorism Act 2000).

Police say the arrest followed a report in October of posts on social media which appeared to be supportive of Hamas and the attacks in Israel on October 7.

The arrested man was taken into custody at a south London police station from where he was later bailed.

Met Police

The Met says since the terrorist attacks of October 7, officers have made 386 arrests for related offences.

Of those, 253 have been during protests or other public gatherings, 125 have been in communities and were mostly related to hate crime and eight were as part of ongoing counter terrorism investigations.

Detective Chief Superintendent Gareth Rees, head of operations in the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: "We continue to make arrests as part of our ongoing investigations into real-world and online offending linked to the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

"We are clear that where we identify anyone involved with or committing potential terrorism offences, then they will be investigated, and we will take the necessary action."

Met Police arrests

Other arrests this week include a 21-year-old man, after officers in Brixton Hill, Lambeth, saw pro-Palestinian graffiti being sprayed on the shutters of a shop on Friday. Police say a man was arrested following a foot chase, and that following a search he was further arrested for possession of cannabis and theft by finding.

Another man, from Finchley, was charged following an incident in custody in Colindale where he allegedly racially abused police detention officers. He was also charged with causing actual bodily harm (ABH) and criminal damage.

On Friday,a 31-year-old woman was interviewed under caution by officers from the Met’s Public Order Crime Team as part of an investigation into a placard carried at a protest, "which included language connected to Nazism", in Whitehall on November 4.

Anyone with information can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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