Antisemitic violence in St Johns Wood

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 29th August 2019.

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Photo of Tony Devenish Tony Devenish Conservative

Will you add your voice to raise awareness for witnesses to catch the vile cowards who targeted an elderly man and young boys with antisemitic violence and abuse in St Johns Wood on Saturday 4th May?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

As Mayor of the most diverse city in the world, I am deeply troubled by news of this heinous attack against innocent Londoners purely because of their religious identity. I have made tackling hate crime a priority in both my manifesto and Police and Crime Plan, and I greatly value the ongoing work we do with the Jewish communities and organisations representing them in London to address and support victims of anti-Semitism in London.

Both I and the Commissioner have been very clear that all reports of hate crime in London must be thoroughly investigated with a view to bringing offenders to justice. Our diversity is our greatest asset, and we must address all attempts to divide and threaten our communities and ensure that London is no place for hate.