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Anti-Semitic probe over synagogue

A group of people tried to get into a synagogue in an anti-Semitic incident, police said.

Officers were called at around 1.15am to a disturbance in Craven Park Road, Stamford Hill, north London, Scotland Yard said.

A group of drunk people, believed to have walked to the area from a house party nearby, tried to gain access to the building.

One man was injured as he sought to prevent the group from getting in. He sustained facial injuries, not believed to be serious. He was treated at the scene and did not require hospital treatment.

A small number of the group did briefly gain entry to the synagogue before being removed by security staff.

A Yard spokesman said: "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.

"At this early stage, there is no suggestion that this was a far-right or extremist attack but rather the completely unacceptable actions of a drunken group."

Four men and two women were arrested for public order offences and assault. All were taken to a north London police station where they remain in custody.

Inspector Jonathan Waterfield 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."

The Community Security Trust, which monitors anti-Semitic incidents, tweeted: "We are aware of alleged antisemitic assault at synagogue in Stamford Hill & are working w. Police & community. Suspects have been arrested."

Police urged anyone with information which might assist the investigation to call Haringey CID via 101.

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