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Englishman Arrested in London As Suspect in Setting Fire to Synagogue

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Aubrey Desmond Cadogan, an Englishman described as a “company director,” was charged here today with arson and breaking and entering a place of worship for his alleged role in setting fire to synagogue in Southgate, a suburb of London, last Thursday night.

Rabbi Joseph Shaw, spiritual leader of the synagogues, said that the fire was “obviously tye work of the so-called Ku Kluz Klan or some similar element.” Damage to the building was light, as firemen arrived on the scene and succeeded in putting out the blaze shortly after it had begun. Police said that gasoline had been poured through a window and reported they ad found an empty gas can.

No details on how police managed to capture the alleged perpetrator of the fire were released. The police objected to bail being granted to Cadogan for fear of a recurrence of anti-Semitic incidents. In remanding Cadogan to police custody for a week, the Judge called the deed “a sacrilege.”

The attacks on Jewish property in the London area will be raised in Commons Friday by Conservative M.P. Guintin Hogg who will inquire as to how many cases have been reported to the police and in how many of the cases proceedings have been brought.

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