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Met police slammed after officers caught tearing down Israeli hostage posters in north London
31 October 2023, 00:16
A row has broken out after Metropolitan Police officers were seen tearing down posters of those kidnapped in Israel in north London.
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Two Met cops were seen removing the posters from the shutters of Cullimore Chemist in Edgware, north London, on Sunday evening.
The posters were of hostages taken from Israel and currently being held captive by Hamas.
The officers' actions have been slammed as 'disgusting' by some, though the Met has defended its officers, saying they were acting to prevent the 'escalation of tensions' in the area.
Instead of arresting the mob chanting antisemitic slogans today the @metpoliceuk are removing hostage posters from a place in Edgware. WTF is going on in this country @CST_UK @antisemitism @mishtal @BoardofDeputies pic.twitter.com/7n4EvhR44P— (((kathyschindler))) (@schinds21) October 28, 2023
After the photo of officers removing the posters was posted online, the Met put out a statement to justify their actions.
A spokesperson for the force confirmed that the posters were put up on Saturday night, which they say led to at least two calls from concerned local residents.
"They believed the posters were put on these specific shutters as a retaliation for comments about the conflict between Israel and Hamas that were made on social media by a person associated with the business," the Met said.
"It appears print outs of those comments may also have been put up next to the posters.Both people who reported the posters to us were concerned that it would escalate an already tense situation."
They added that the officers went to the shop after receiving the calls and "in good faith", removed the posters "in an effort to prevent any such escalation".
It comes after a series of posters were torn down by members of the public in London in recent weeks.
Footage posted online shows a group of people tearing down posters of Israeli hostages in Leicester Square, central London, last week.
Meanwhile, police previously said they were investigating a hate crime after a poster of missing Israeli children was defaced to give them Hitler moustaches in north London.