Anti-Semitic graffiti has been daubed on a London Jewish school just hours before the Metropolitan Police moved a neo-Nazi rally planned for 4 July away from the heartland of the community.

The daubing, on 29 June, at Simon Marks primary school in Cazenove Road, Stamford Hill – home to Europe’s largest ultra-Orthodox community – was followed a few hours later by an axe attack on a car at a nearby synagogue, the Beth Hamedrash Skver.

Members of the Shomrim community security group told the London Evening Standard that the words “****** the Jews” were scrawled in black marker pen across an entrance sign at the school. This was cleaned off before the children arrived.

“It’s disturbing,” Shomrim committee supervisor Chaim Hochhauser told the Standard. “They were nasty words. It’s being investigated at the moment – we’re checking out CCTV but no one has been caught yet.”

Hochhauser told the Standard that in the second incident, the vandal was seen “walking up and down the road with an axe”.

Police, who are checking CCTV images, do not believe the two incidents are connected.

Meanwhile, the Met has barred a neo-Nazi rally scheduled for 4 July from taking place in Golders Green.

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