More than 20 houses and vehicles were daubed with anti-Semitic graffiti – including swastikas – in Hackney on Sunday.
The attacks took place on Osbaldeston Road during evening hours.
Police inspector Jeoff Bull said: “We will not tolerate anti-Semitism or racism of any kind. We are doing our utmost to trace and bring to justice the suspects involved in this racist graffiti as well as reassure all of our communities.”
Barry Bard, coordinator for community watch group Shomrim, said: “We are committed to bring a stop to these senseless and mindless acts of vandalism, and are working closely with the Police investigation to assist in every possible way.
“Similar swastikas have appeared in the same area over the past few weeks. Police are taking these incidents very seriously and are treating it as hate crime. I urge anyone with information to call 101.”
Moishe Friedlander, Independent Advisory Group chair [to local police] said: “We as a community are delighted with the rapid response and supportive nature of MPS Hackney officers in support of the community and investigation of this crime. Extra reassurance patrols will be forthcoming.”
Update (31st December 2014, 4:07 pm):
Metropolitan Police sources have confirmed that a 32-year old male has been arrested under suspicion of racially motivated criminal damage and is currently held in custody. The investigation continues.
Update (2nd January 2014, 2:11 pm):
Police have confirmed that a further 3 suspects were arrested on New Year’s Eve, also suspected of racially motivated criminal damage. All four suspects were released and are due to answer bail in early January.