Man avoids jail after pinning antisemitic posters to Chabad centre
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Man avoids jail after pinning antisemitic posters to Chabad centre

'The slogans on the posters Iqbal was displaying were clearly intended to stir up racial hatred towards the Jewish community,' said Commander Richard Smith

Shehroz Iqbal (Credit: Metropolitan Police); Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue (credit: Google Maps Street View)
Shehroz Iqbal (Credit: Metropolitan Police); Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue (credit: Google Maps Street View)

A man who admitted to pinning anti-Jewish posters on Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue in Ilford in 2017 has avoided jail, the Met Police revealed. 

Shehroz Iqbal, 27, from Ilford, was sentenced last Friday at Snaresbrook Crown Court for displaying material “written material that is threatening, abusive or insulting intending thereby to stir up racial hatred”, after pleading guilty to charges earlier this year. 

He received 12 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, 30 days of rehabilitation activity and 60 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay a £100 fine for breaching a previous suspended sentence. 

An eyewitness alerted police after seeing Iqbal, who was dressed in camouflage clothing, tape antisemitic messages to the walls of an underpass near Gants Hill Underground station in East London on an evening in March 2017.

He then saw Iqbal attach anti-Jewish material to the outside of Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue, which was caught on CCTV. Iqbal fled before local police. 

Upon arrival, officers seized posters, which were forensically examined and linked to Iqbal. They arrested him at his home address in March 2018 and took him to a police station in east London for questioning where he admitted to the offence. 

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met Police’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The slogans on the posters Iqbal was displaying were clearly intended to stir up racial hatred towards the Jewish community.

“I praise the actions of the member of public who swiftly reported the incident to police. By people coming forward with such information we can act to quickly resolve a situation, as we have done here. 

“I want to reassure the Jewish community, and indeed, all of London’s communities, that we take such offences extremely seriously and will strive to identify and bring those responsible to justice.”

Anyone who witnessed suspicious behaviour can contact the confidential Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

 

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