London news Police to patrol near Synagogues after rabbi hospitalised by teens Uk news
MetiNews.Com - The incident is being called a hate crime as police believe he was targeted for being Jewish
Breaking News ! Get FREE email updates for East LondonInvalid EmailSomething went wrong, please try again later.I'M IN!When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Your information will be used in accordance with ourPrivacy Notice.Thank you for subscribingWe have more newslettersShow meSee ourprivacy noticePolice will step up patrols around synagogues after a Rabbi was attacked in East London. Rabbi Rafi Goodwin, assistant rabbi at Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, was taken to hospital after two teens damaged his car before attacking him with an "unknown object". Essex Police have called the incident a hate crime, and this force along with officers from The Met are now increasing patrols around places of worship in the area. However, it is not thought to be linked to "heightened tensions in the middle east and the current hostilities in Israel and Palestine", the leader of Redbridge Council said. The attack took place outside the synagogue in Limes Avenues, around 1.15pm on Sunday (May 16). The incident took place in Limes Avenue (Google Maps) Rabbi Goodwin was in his car when two teens stepped out in front of him. After shouting and making vulgar comments about his faith they damaged his vehicle. When he got out to confront them, he was attacked and had to go to hospital for treatment to his injuries. Police have launched an investigation and the two suspects are believed to be aged between 15 and 18. One was described as being 5ft 9ins tall and wore his hair in an Afro-style with the other was described as being 5ft 7ins tall.
. Faith leaders and local residents have joined with me to send our best wishes to Rabbi Rafi for a speedy recovery. "I am in regular contact with senior police officers to ensure the safety of local people. As a precautionary measure, police patrols are being increased around Synagogues across the borough.
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"Redbridge Council has offered all the support we can to the police to bring the perpetrators to justice and ensure the safety of worshippers going forward. "We are proud of our rich diversity and active faith communities in Redbridge have a long track record of supporting each other. "If you have any details relating to this unprovoked and cowardly attack, please contact the police, information can be provided confidentially.
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