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February 2, 2016 3:24 pm

London Police Arrest Teen Caught Throwing Fireworks at Jewish Pedestrians

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London's Hackney neighborhood. Photo: Wikipedia.

London’s Hackney neighborhood. Photo: Wikipedia.

Police arrested a 14-year-old boy in the Hackney neighborhood of London after he was caught throwing fireworks at Jewish passersby.

The teenager was initially detained by the London Shomrim, an organized neighborhood watch for the Jewish community. No one was injured in the incident.

“A 14-year-old male was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault and possession of a firework in the street,” said police, according to Jewish News Online. “He was taken to a north London police station and subsequently released on police bail to a date in early March.”

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Hackney has faced a growing problem of antisemitism over the last year. According to Metropolitan police figures, antisemitic crimes were up 88% in 2015 compared to the previous year, especially in the Samford Hill area, which is predominantly Orthodox Jewish.

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