Police step up Borehamwood patrols after ‘far-right group leaflets Jewish homes’

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Police step up Borehamwood patrols after ‘far-right group leaflets Jewish homes’

Dozens of Jewish families in Borehamwood have received leaflets reportedly sent from far-right group Patriotic Alternative.

Police have pledged extra patrols in Borehamwood after a far-right group reportedly posted leaflets through the letterboxes of dozens of Jewish families.

Families living near to Yavneh College in Borehamwood’s Hillside Avenue last week received the leaflet that appeared to be sent by Patriotic Alternative, which is described by anti-fascist campaigners as an antisemitic organisation.

The material from the organisation called for a ban on kosher and halal food.

Officers at Hertfordshire Constabulary told Jewish News no crimes had been committed.

“We are aware a number of residents in Borehamwood have received leaflets through their doors that have caused distress and offence,” said a force spokesperson.

“While no crimes have been committed, this has been recorded as a hate incident and we would like to reassure you that we take such matters very seriously. As a result, you will be seeing additional police patrols in the area.”

Politicians across the area have united in their condemnation of the group.

Leader of the Hertsmere Labour group, councillor Jeremy Newmark, said: “[The leaders of the Conservative and Liberal Democrat groups] share my view that there is no room for Patriotic Alternative in Hertsmere. They will not be allowed to get a foodhold round here.”

Borehamwood county councillor Richard Butler said: “I’ll be working with the police and the CST to safeguard the positive community relations we have in this town.”

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