Police charge man
by: SJ Reporter - Last updated: 2005-01-21
Police have named and charged a 19-year-old man in connection with a space of racist attacks on the Jewish community in the Stamford Hill area of north London.
Tariq Al-Daour from Queensway west London will appear at Thames Magistrates Court charged with racially aggravated common assault.
The charge follows a police appeal for information following at least eight racist attacks in December and January against members of the Jewish community in the north London borough.
The first incident happened on December 6 2004 between 7.30pm and 8.30pm when a 23-year-old man was kicked in the face and arm as he walked passed the Yeten Lev boys school in Casenove Road.
Other attacks against Jewish men and teenagers have included:
A 24-year-old man punched in the face as he walked along Kyverdale Road in Stamford Hill also on December 6 at 7.30pm.
A 15-year-old being kicked to the ground outside Hadley Court in Casenove Road on December 7 between 9pm and 9.25pm.
A 49-year-old head butted in Leweston Place on January 5 at 10pm.
According to the victims and witnesses, the group of attackers are described as a mixture of asian and black men and are believed to be driving a Green VW Golf.
Hackney police have identified a number of anti-Semitic related incidents in the borough and have been working closely with the local community, including the Community Security Trust and community advocates, to identify those responsible," said Detective Chief Inspector Ian Chiverton, of Hackney Borough Police, who has been leading the investigation.
"Several briefings have already been delivered to officers and members of local community to advise them of the incidents and to inform them of measures already undertaken. We are taking these attacks extremely seriously."
Police are appealing for anyone who may have any information to contact the Incident Room at Stoke Newington Police station on 020 7275 3281 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.