Hate crime investigation after man’s anti-Semitic rant at mother and three-year-old son on Stamford Hill bus

A still of the man seen ranting on the bus  (@Shlomeginsberg / Twitter)
A still of the man seen ranting on the bus (@Shlomeginsberg / Twitter)

Police are looking for a man accused of an anti-Semitic rant at a Jewish mother and her three-year-old child on a bus in Stamford Hill.

Enquiries are continuing after the incident which happened around 4pm on January 17 on the 67 bus through the Hackney neighbourhood - which has a large orthodox Jewish population.

Shomrim, a Twitter account which exposes anti-Semitism in London, shared a video and tweeted: “[A] deranged male screamed at the three-year-old old "you vermin, you’re bad people" before continuing a seven minute tirade of abuse.”

The Metropolitan Police has said they are investigating it as a hate crime. The force added that there have been no arrests and enquiries are continuing.

The man filmed ranting and raving was black and was wearing a long, dark coat with an orange ‘ICON’ beanie hat. He had glasses and a trolley.

Twitter users abhorred the behaviour, with one calling it “disgusting,” and another adding it was “wretched”.

Ben Burnside added: “He should have been thrown off. Absolutely disgusting behaviour!”

Siwan Hayward, Transport for London’s director of security, policing and enforcement, said: “We are deeply concerned by this video.

“Customers should never have to fear or experience abuse when using our network and we take a zero-tolerance approach to anyone who is abusive to our customers or staff.

“We encourage anyone who experiences or witnesses an incident like this to contact the police as soon as possible so that it can be investigated. All reports are treated seriously.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or tweet @MetCC and quote CAD268/19Jan. Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

People can report an incident by texting British Transport Police on 61016 or calling 101. In an emergency, it is recommended people call 999.