VIDEO: Traffic warden ‘drives moped’ into Charedi Jews, sparking brawl
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

VIDEO: Traffic warden ‘drives moped’ into Charedi Jews, sparking brawl

Footage appears to show the official driving his scooter into a group of Orthodox Jews in London

CCTV footage has captured a row between a group of men and a traffic warden who appeared to ride his scooter into them.

Members of the crowd allege he also lashed out with his radio and helmet during the altercation.

Police were alerted to the incident in Hackney, east London, on Monday at just before 2pm.

An onlooker said a scuffle broke out after the warden was confronted by local businessmen, including a group of Orthodox Jews, who said they would report him to the council.

Footage shows the warden swinging his helmet as he is surrounded by a group of men.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCwZ5f2KcXY

A Hackney Council spokeswoman said the warden, who was wearing a body camera, had been subjected to “intimidation” in the lead-up to the incident.

An onlooker alleged the warden “revved his motorbike and rode it straight” at one of the men in the crowd.

He said the man “fell on the floor and the motorbike fell on top of him”, leaving him shocked and bruised.

He also claimed the warden “just whacked” this man with his radio.

An onlooker said: “It was like a scene out of a movie. It was chaos. People were chasing and backing off scared.”

They allege the warden left and later came back, took off his helmet and some “tussling” took place. The crowd held him down on the ground and police arrived.

Scotland Yard said: “Four men, aged in their 20s and 30s, suffered minor injuries during the incident.

“A 30-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm and taken to a north London police station.

“He was subsequently bailed pending further enquiries to a date in mid-February.”

Hackney Councillor Feryal Demirci, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, transport and parks, said: “We are co-operating with police in their investigation of a warden, who is a contractor working for APCOA (parking management company).

“The warden’s bodycam footage shows he was subjected to significant and unprovoked levels of intimidation, threats and harassment in the lead-up to that which has also been captured on video by members of the public.

“He sustained a number of injuries for which he received hospital treatment, fortunately none of them was serious.

“We will be seeking to have charges pressed against some of those involved in the incident against the warden.”

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...

Engaging

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.

Celebrating

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.

Pioneering

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.

Campaigning

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:
comments