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WATCH: Attempted abduction of Chassidic Jew in London caught on video

The incident took place in a primarily Jewish neighborhood of London that boasts the largest concentration of Chassidic Jews in Europe.

Orthodox Jewish men chat at Spitalfields market in the Stamford Hill neighborhood of London, Aug. 27, 2016. Credit: Elena Rostunova/Shutterstock.
Orthodox Jewish men chat at Spitalfields market in the Stamford Hill neighborhood of London, Aug. 27, 2016. Credit: Elena Rostunova/Shutterstock.

U.K. police are investigating the attempted kidnapping of a Chassidic Jewish man in Stamford Hill, a predominantly ultra-Orthodox area of north London, British media reported on Tuesday.

The incident reportedly took place this past Friday, mere hours before the onset of Shabbat.

Police said the victim “was walking on Moundfield Road, N16 when a car pulled up beside him and two males got out of the vehicle. The victim was approached by one of the males and allegedly told the victim to get into the boot of the car, shortly before driving off.”

The local branch of the neighborhood watch group Shomrim reported the incident. The group claimed that the incident “ended when the victim said he was calling the police and other vehicles approached.”

Police said that they were aware of a video recording shared by Shomrim and were working with the community to trace the suspects.

It comes amid a soaring number of antisemitic incidents in the United Kingdom—topping 4,000—since the Hamas attacks terrorist attacks in southern Israel on Oct. 7. According to a report by the Community Security Trust, this is double the number of incidents that took place in the same period in 2022.

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