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Charity warns of increase in anti-Semitic hate incidents

Anti-Semitic crimes around the UK have risen according to charity. Photo: Press Association

The first six months of the year saw a record number of anti-Semitic hate incidents in the UK, a charity has warned.

The Community Security Trust (CST), which monitors anti-Semitism, said it recorded 767 anti-Semitic incidents nationwide from January to June 2017, an increase by nearly a third compared to the same time last year.

Almost three-quarters of all incidents were recorded in Greater Manchester and London, the two largest Jewish communities in the UK.

The most common single type of incident involved verbal abuse randomly directed at visibly Jewish people in public places, but 80 incidents involved physical attacks - a 78% increase from the 45 assaults recorded during the same period in 2016 and the highest number CST has ever recorded for the January to June period.