Six people have been arrested after an apparently anti-Semitic attack at a synagogue in north London – leaving one man needing hospital treatment.
Shocking video footage filmed at the synagogue on Craven Park Road, Stamford Hill appears to shows terrified staff and worshippers cowering inside a room as chairs are thrown through a door.
Police were called to reports of a fight at the synagogue just after 1am today.
Detectives believe a group of revellers who had been partying at a nearby house tried to break into the building.
They briefly managed to push through the synagogue doors but were eventually forced out by security guards.
Six people – four men and two women in their late teens – were today being held in custody on suspicion of assault and public order offences in connection with the incident, Scotland Yard said.
A spokesman said the fight was being treated as “anti-Semitic” but police do not believe it was a planned attack.
In a statement, he said: “The disturbance began when a group of drunk males, believed to have walked to the area from a house party nearby, tried to gain access to the synagogue in Craven Park Road, N15.
“One man was injured as he sought to prevent the group from entering the building. He sustained facial injuries, not believed to be serious, and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“A small number of the group did briefly gain entry to the synagogue before being removed by security staff.
A group of teenagers barricaded the doors during the raid (Picture: Getty)”The incident is being treated as an anti-Semitic incident, due to remarks made by one of the group. However there is nothing to suggest that it was a planned or targeted attack.”
Jonathan Waterfield, who is leading the investigation, said patrols had been stepped up in the area to reassure local people.
He said: “We are investigating to establish the full circumstances of the incident and to identify anyone else involved in the disturbance who has not yet been arrested.
“We have also increased police patrols in the Stamford Hill area to provide reassurance to the community.”
Source: London Evening Standard