A man who hurled anti-Semitic abuse at members of the public in Tottenham has been jailed.

Patrick Joseph Delaney, 19 (10.04.97) of Coggesball Road, Braintree, Essex was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment at Wood Green Crown Court on Thursday, 2 February after pleading guilty to a religiously aggravated public order offence.

At around 19:30hrs on 6 January 2016, a 31-year-old Jewish man wearing Jewish attire was walking through a car park at Tottenham Hale Retail Park park when a suspect in a van shouted anti-semitic abuse at him, including references to Adolf Hitler, and threw a number of objects [small gas canisters for balloons] at him. Three other people reported being subject to similar abuse.

One of the victims called police and provided the vehicle’s registration number. Officers on patrol located the vehicle a short time later and obtained the details of the people in the car, including Delaney.

Delaney and two other men attended Wood Green Police Station on 8 January 2016, and were arrested on suspicion of a religiously aggravated public order offence and interviewed.

The men were subsequently charged.

The case against two co-defendants charged in relation to this incident was subsequently dismissed.

DC Warren Ingrey of Haringey CID said: “This was a disgusting, unprovoked verbal attack on members of the public who were targeted because of their religious beliefs and the way they looked. Following this incident they were left feeling shaken and very vulnerable.

This behaviour will not be tolerated by the Metropolitan Police Service and we always thoroughly investigate these types of incidents to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”

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Source: The Metropolitan Police