Wave of antisemitic crimes across Manchester

Published on Thursday, 02 February 2012 10:38
Posted by Scott Buckler

More antisemitic incidents were recorded in Manchester than in London last year, despite the capital having a Jewish community almost seven times larger, according to figures released today

There were 586 antisemitic crimes – including street attacks, threats, vandalism and desecration of Jewish property – across the whole of Britain last year.This was the fourth highest figure since records began 28 years ago, according to the Community Security Trust, which records antisemitic incidents.

Of the 586 antisemitic incidents recorded by CST, 201 took place in Greater London, compared to 221 incidents in London in 2010 and 460 in 2009; 244 incidents took place in Greater Manchester, compared to 216 incidents in Manchester in 2010 and 206 in 2009; and 141 incidents were reported to CST from 51 other locations around the country.

This is the first year that CST has recorded more antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester than in Greater London, and continues the pattern whereby a higher proportion of the antisemitic incidents reported to CST occur in Greater Manchester than should be the case, given the relative sizes of the Jewish communities in Manchester and in London.


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