All charges over convoy who shouted ‘rape Jewish daughters’ are dropped

A convoy of cars with Palestinian flags shouted abuse towards Jews while driving through North London in March last year

All men arrested for allegedly being part of a convoy of cars that drove through London shouting hate towards Jews on a loudspeaker have had charges dropped.

The Crown Prosecution Service said there was not enough evidence to prosecute any of the four men detained.

Footage of the incident on Finchley Road in north London in March last year went viral, with even then prime minister Boris Johnson condemning the scenes.

The Metropolitan Police announced they had identified the vehicle and four men were arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offences and were released on bail.

But the CPS took the decision not to prosecute two of the men in July with a further decision now made not to prosecute the remaining two suspects.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) has condemned the decision to drop charges.

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A CAA spokesman said: ‘The Director of Public Prosecutions must immediately explain this decision or resign.

‘If the CPS is incapable of bringing to justice the people who drove through London in broad daylight on camera calling for the rape of Jewish women and girls, then it has reached the absolute pinnacle of pointlessness.’

The men, who denied wrongdoing, had been charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words, or behaviour, with intent, likely to stir up racial hatred, but the cases will not go to trial.

Nick Price, CPS head of special crime and counter terrorism division, said: “This was a shocking incident, and we know how disappointing this decision will be for the Jewish community.

‘Throughout this case, we have worked hard with the police to identify those filmed and the extent of their involvement.

‘However, upon reviewing the evidence it has become clear we would not be able to prove to a court that one of the two charged individuals was in the car at the time of the captured footage.

‘We could also not demonstrate that the second person had participated in the conduct to the criminal standard.

‘We will continue to work with the Jewish community to rebuild trust. Anyone who sees hate crime should report it to police. We will prosecute all cases where there is sufficient evidence to do so.’

Footage of the incident went viral with then-prime minister Boris Johnson condemning it

Footage of the incident went viral with then-prime minister Boris Johnson condemning it

The videos showed a convoy of cars covered with Palestinian flags driving through north London, with passengers heard to shout offensive language and threats including ‘F*** the Jews, rape their daughters’.

Mr Johnson said at the time: ‘Ahead of Shavuot, I stand with Britain’s Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today.’

The Board of Deputies of British Jews said: ‘The Crown Prosecution Service is effectively stating by its decision that in Britain, in 2022, people can publicly call for the murder and rape of Jews without any consequence. We urge the CPS to reconsider this calamitous choice.’

The CAA said: ‘This was a crime that sent Jewish families running in fear and caused the Prime Minister and Home Secretary to demand action.

‘Britain’s Jews are facing surging hatred and are crying out for justice.

‘We are exploring whether we can bring a private prosecution, and we are also considering whether we could bring a judicial review against the CPS.

‘It shames our country that our criminal justice system has yet again left Britain’s Jews to fend for themselves.’

The spokesman added that the group’s analysis of Home Office statistics showed that an average of more than five hate crimes are directed at Jews every single day in England and Wales.

He also said that Jews were more than five times likelier to be targets of hate crimes than any other faith group.

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