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Men aged 25 and 18 are arrested over Essex attack on rabbi

Two people have been arrested in connection with a religiously-aggravated assault in Chigwell.

It was reported that a man had been attacked with an unknown item following a verbal altercation in Limes Avenue shortly after 1.15pm yesterday.  

He required hospital treatment and his phone was stolen.

Two men from Ilford, aged 18 and 25 were arrested this afternoon on suspicion of GBH with intent. They are currently in custody.

An Essex Police spokesman said: 'Throughout today our officers have been engaging with local Jewish communities to provide reassurance and updates following on from the incident.

'Community members and religious leaders, who are celebrating Shavuot, have been speaking to our officers in Chigwell and Southend this morning.'

Chief Superintendent Stuart Hooper said: 'We know this is a very important time - a time for communities to come together, to be around each other and celebrate. We do not want anyone to feel that they cannot do that safely.

'Officers have spent the day speaking with the Jewish community to provide reassurance.

'At this time we do not believe this incident is related to events taking place overseas or incidents which have taken place elsewhere in the country.'

Police are also continuing to appeal for anyone with any information about yesterday's incident to contact then.

A spokesman said: 'Anyone with information about this incident, relevant CCTV, dashcam or ring door bell footage – particularly in the areas of Limes Avenue, Tudor Crescent, and Fencepiece Road, is asked to contact Loughton CID on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/92174/21.'

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