Police are investigating after a man reportedly shoved a pram and called a Jewish family “dirty Jews” outside a Pret a Manger coffee shop in St Albans in Hertfordshire on Sunday afternoon. He then repeated the “dirty Jews” comment.
Some of this shocking antisemitic abuse was captured on video by Michael, who was one of the victims along with his in-laws and their baby.
According to The Independent, which posted the video, the man who was dressed in an orange t-shirt and trousers, walked past the coffee shop in St Peter’s Street in St Albans and “shoved the pram rather aggressively with the infant in it.” When the family asked why, he said that it was because they were “dirty Jews.”
Michael, who does not wish to give his surname, said that: “At that point I took out my phone and started filming and asked him to repeat it, which he did.” He also kicked an advertising board towards them as he stormed off.
Michael explained that they were “clearly identifiable” as Jews because he, his brother-in law and father-in-law wear Jewish skullcaps called kippot.
A spokeswoman from Hertfordshire Police confirmed: “Officers are investigating and any witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/70651/19.”
Campaign Against Antisemitism is following developments very closely.