Police community message
by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-09-22
As London's Jewish community marks the High Holidays, the Metropolitan Police have issued a statement to wish members of the community a happy and peaceful New Year and Yom Kippur as well as assuring them that their safety is being taken seriously.
"The Metropolitan Police Service wishes all those celebrating a happy Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur," the statement said.
The reassurance comes as members of the Jewish community have faced an increase of anti-Semitic attacks both verbal and physical over the past year. As a result, police in association with the Community Security Trust have stepped up security across Jewish communal buildings.
The force added that it places great importance in the safety of the Jewish community and that anyone attempting to cause disruption to the High Holydays celebration will face arrest.
"Our overriding priority is the safety of all those attending the celebrations, or living in the areas where celebrations are taking place, and police will be on hand to ensure this. Anyone who jeopardises this through criminal behaviour will not be tolerated, and where appropriate will be arrested to ensure that those celebrating peacefully and lawfully can continue to do so."