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Officers are engaging with local Jewish communities today to provide reassurance and updates following on from events in Chigwell this weekend.
Community members and religious leaders, who are currently celebrating Shavuot, have been speaking to our officers in Chigwell and Southend so far this morning.
Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper said: “Our officers will be out across the county to offer support to anyone affected by yesterday’s incident in Chigwell.
“We know this is a very important time – a time for communities to come together, to be around each other and celebrate. We do not want anyone to feel that they cannot do that safely.
“Detectives are working quickly to progress this investigation, and I’d like to thank locals in the Limes Avenue area who assisted us during our house-to-house enquiries yesterday.
“We’re continuing to review CCTV this morning and we’re receiving crucial pieces of information from people in Chigwell and beyond which will help us move this investigation forward.
“I know that some people are hesitant to report hate crime to us, but it’s important that we know about these incidents so that we can carry out a thorough investigation.
“You can call us on 999 or 101, report it through our website or seek out independent support. Whether that’s Hate Incident Reporting Centres, through specialist charities like Stop Hate UK or, if you’re from the Jewish community, the Community Security Trust can help.”
A man in his 30s received hospital treatment for head injuries yesterday, Sunday May 16, following an assault in Limes Avenue just after 1.15pm.
It is believed that two teenagers stepped out in front of the victim’s vehicle whilst he was driving, they shouted at him and spoke in a derogatory way about his religion before going on to damage his car. When he got out of his car to confront them, he was attacked with an unknown object causing him to require hospital treatment.
During the attack the victim’s phone was also stolen.
The two boys – believed to be aged between 15 and 18 – are believed to have left the scene on foot. They have both been described as being of Asian ethnicity, one was 5ft 9ins tall and wore his hair in an Afro-style and the other was described as being 5ft 7ins tall. Both wore black jackets and the latter wore grey tracksuit bottoms.
Anyone with information about this incident, relevant CCTV or dashcam, is asked to contact Loughton CID quoting the crime reference number 42/92174/21.
Read more about how to report hate crime, how we investigate it, and specialist support on our website: https://www.essex.police.uk/hatecrime