Axe-wielding man threatens Jews near synagogue in England
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Axe-wielding man threatens Jews near synagogue in England

Prestwich, outside Manchester, England (Rept0n1x/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

Prestwich, outside Manchester, England (Rept0n1x/ Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0)

(JTA) — A man carrying an axe made anti-Semitic threats to a group of Jews in a town near Manchester, England, on Rosh Hashanah.

The man reportedly was inside a vehicle close to a synagogue in the town of Prestwich when he made the threats on Oct. 3, according to The Manchester Evening News.

Police were called to the scene, and later the same day arrested a 45-year-old man suspected of possessing a weapon and committing a racially motivated public order crime.

The man was released on bail until Oct. 31.

“This was unfortunately a very ugly incident and we are glad that the police response has been so speedy and correct,” said a spokesman for the Jewish group Community Security Trust, according to The Manchester Evening News.

Local police said the incident was still under investigation.

Prestwich is home to a thriving Jewish community served by several kosher supermarkets and butchers, as well as clothing shops catering to the modesty standards of observant women.