Police increase patrols after boy ‘snatched’ on Stamford Hill estate

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Police increase patrols after boy ‘snatched’ on Stamford Hill estate

CCTV footage shared by the Shomrim security group showed a local gang cornering a 10-year-old boy

Police have increased their patrols around an estate near Stamford Hill after footage emerged of a Jewish boy apparently being snatched off his feet by a local gang.

The security organisation Shomrim said the incident occurred last week on the Webb Estate, which neighbours Springfield Park in northeast London.

One suspect has been issued with an anti-social behaviour warning, but police said the boy’s parents chose not to press charges.

Pictures released on Twitter appear to show a gang of three youths cornering the boy against a wall.

He is then picked up and carried across the road and out of view of the security camera.

The boy, who is 10 years old, was subsequently released into nearby front garden. He suffered no injuries but was left frightened by the incident.

On Tuesday local police in Stamford Hill tweeted an image of officers patrolling the Webb Estate.

They tweeted: “Officers have been patrolling in response and are making good progress in identifying suspects.

“Individuals connected are being investigated for both ASB [anti-social behaviour] and more serious criminal offences.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “Police were called at around 18:30hrs on Thursday, 9 December to a report that a group of teenagers had approached a boy, aged nine, as he was walking down Osbaldeston Road, N16.

“It was reported that one of the group picked up the boy and carried him to a nearby front garden where they let him go. He received no injuries.

“Officers attended and spoke to the victim’s mother. She did not wish to take any further action and the incident is not being treated as a hate crime.

“One suspect has been identified and issued with an anti-social behaviour warning. Enquiries are underway to identify others involved.”

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...


Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.


There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.


In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.


Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more: