A phone box in Tottenham has been daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti referring to Jews as “leeches”.

The phone box in South Tottenham, an area known for its large Jewish population, has been daubed with a picture of an Orthodox Jewish man with the number “47” and the word “leeches”.

The number 47 is often used in certain anti-Semitic circles in reference to a swastika, where the ‘4’ and ‘7’ are placed to look like an abstract swastika or a wolfsangel, both symbols that were used by the Nazis. The word “leeches” is often used by some anti-Semites to describe Jews.

The graffiti was discovered at the end of last week by Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch of North East London, and was reported to police.