Wild West Stamford Hill: Attack on Black Traffic Warden is Just Tip of a Large Ice Berg

What baffles me is how an insular group of religious nuts who do not want to be part of the wider Hackney community, in many cases, don't work or contribute to our society, get away with the things they do.

 

The Traffic Warden was pinned down by thugs.

The recent attack on a young Black traffic warden by a mob of members of the Ultra Orthodox Jewish community on Leeside Road in Stamford Hill, came as no surprise to me and it’s been a long time coming. The insular religious sect have always viewed outsiders with suspicion, more so if they are Black. But let me stress this whole ongoing palaver in Stamford Hill isn’t just about race. Black or white as long as you are not an Orthodox Jew, you are looked at with contempt and treated accordingly

The Traffic Warden was immediately portrayed as the aggressor and we were told he “ran over” someone’s foot (unsubstantiated), but from the limited video footage we see, it is evident the Traffic Warden was fearful of the mob that surrounded him and was trying to get away. Wouldn’t you? In the confusion surrounded by his attackers, it’s acceptable he may have ran over someone’s foot accidentally, but even this has not been proven.

There are many who find it unpalatable or afraid to speak about some of the vile and downright criminal behavior, of members of Stamford Hills Haredi community, in fear of being labelled anti-Semitic. However, in light of what took place on Monday 14 January, I hope for once, Hackney Police will grow balls and properly address the chaos they have allowed to grow in Stamford Hill. Blame shouldn’t fall only on the shoulders of the police in Hackney, but also on those of Hackney Council, it’s planners, related officers and elected councilors who choose to turn a blind eye. What baffles me is how a group of religious nuts who do not want to be part of the wider Hackney community, in many cases, don’t work or contribute to our society, get away with the things they do. For such a small group of people, they continue to wield big and worrying influence, which only creates resentment among others. Few groups are better than Haredi’s at developing close relationships with elected officials, police, local government and maximizing access to government-funded programs and welfare benefits.

A Stamford Hill resident who doesn’t want to be named, told me he has made countless complaints about road safety rules in the area, but has been ignored by Hackney Council representatives police while the police have pussy footed around it.  He said: Stamford Hill has no real enforcement when it comes to any aspect of road safety, it’s pretty much left to do its own thing by both Hackney Council and the Met police.

“There is no ‘revenue’ to collect by PCO’s because there are no parking restrictions to enforce, almost no yellow lines on dangerous junctions off the main arterial road (Lower/Upper Clapton and the A10). So no PCO’s, very little CCTV and a community that clearly feel they can drive in whatever manner they wish”.

Dented mini buses packed with children without seat belts, being shepherded to and from school by men talking on mobile phones in their hands, is a common sight in the area that goes unchallenged by law enforcement in the borough.  Double/triple Parking on Dunsmure Road while members of the Haredi community do their shopping went unchallenged until recently, when local police responded to concerns of residents. But even that has not curbed their behavior. Many remain indignant as evident from the tweet below. One person tweeted a photo of two traffic wardens chatting near his store (Getters Superstore on Dunsmure Rd), claiming the (Traffic Wardens) were anti-Semites, just because of their presence on a road where triple parking is an every day occurrence. You are quickly labeled an anti Semite if you bring it to their attention

The Hackney resident who wants his name withheld, also spoke of police apathy: “At one point as I was talking to a police officer while we stood at the edge of Upper Clapton Rd, I counted 14 vehicles drive past with 3/4/5 kids inside and none of them wearing seat belts. I started to take photographic evidence but was asked to not do so by the police officer as my actions may be considered inflammatory. He told me the consensus between local traffic enforcement is that because a great number of the community have Drivers Licences issued outside the UK, it’s often hard to make successful prosecutions and that the paperwork and man-hours relating to these issues, make it too time-consuming”.

For all his efforts to ensure the safety of he and the wider Stamford Hill community, he was rewarded with an invitation to Stoke Newington Police station to answer to anti-Semitic allegations made by anonymous persons on Twitter. I saw those tweets he sent and I know him, there was nothing untoward or anti-Semitic about his tweets, but thanks to the Met Police, these cowboys have been given Carte Blanche to do what the hell they want, and are answerable to no one.

One officer who patrols the area, has taken to Twitter out of frustration to address the situation on Dunsmure Road and Stamford Hill. Even they have lost control, it’s fallen on deaf ears.  Maybe the Rabbi who issued an edict last year banning Haredi women from driving their children to school in Stamford Hill, could issue another edict on the atrocious driving and parking.

The formation of Shomrim, a local patrol service in 2008 added to peoples frustration and resentment. Although their presence was not initially welcomed by the Met Police, they appear to have wormed their way in and now work closely with local police. No doubt the over stretched force facing funding cuts, are only to happy to outsource their work. Listen, I won’t deny Shomrim has done some commendable work in their community which has resulted in numerous arrests and convictions, but at what cost and what other ethnic or religious group would be allowed to set up their own quasi police force?

Shomrim were nowhere to be seen the day the Black traffic warden was attacked and along with the usual rubber neck suspects, who never fail to breathlessly and excitedly tweet about every emergency incident in the area (I sometimes get the feeling they are little boys playing out their cops and robbers playground fantasy) were notably quiet on social media. They did however appear to go on the offensive. Within hours the Hackney Gazette did yet another fluff piece about Shomrim, while their supporters were frantically posting about their work and achievements.

Former Hackney Police Borough Commander Matthew Horne awarded Shomrim with a commendation

By no means are residents frustrations limited to road safety. Total indifference to planning applications, cash only businesses hidden away in basements, illegal schools are rife in the community too.  Still, they remain untouchable by Hackney Council and the police.  A year ago I was approached by an angry anonymous member of the Orthodox Jewish community, although he professed to be an atheist (now that was a whole other interesting conversion) who was concerned about women who were being sexually assaulted and harassed by a conservative Councillor (another Haredi) who he claimed was assaulting and harassing women who attended his surgeries.  Apparently the Councillor had a penchant for pregnant women (yes there is a fetish for everyone), but he didn’t limit his victims to expectant mums.  I’m told if any of these women protested or if the Councillor was approached by men folk from the women’s family, he would threaten and smear the women with outrageous lies. Because of his position in their community, he had access to their phone numbers and would randomly call them.

As much as I wanted to go through with it,  I was unable to because I couldn’t corroborate anything he told me, with any of the women. It was however backed up my an outspoken Rabbi in New York and a few other anonymous Twitter accounts. Speaking with the women was not an option which didn’t come as a surprise, reporting crimes committed by members of their group to the Police is forbidden. He told me: “This is a dangerous place for someone that does things which the rabbinate does not approve for as long as one is part of this community there’s too much to lose you won’t understand it unless your whole life is dependant [sic] on them including family, friends, kids work, house and everything else u [sic] can think of.”

Another message he sent read:  “The only thing that can change this community is media exposure and awareness within reporting directly to police will result in exposing the victims eventually and they don’t want to risk it at this stage” [sic].  He was so petrified about being found out, that he wanted to read what I wrote before it was published, as he feared something I may say would give him away. I felt sorry for him, but after weeks of speaking and exchanging text messages, I decided against it due to lack of cooperation from the women involved.

I bring all this up to illustrate the relevance, not because I give a flying rats ass about their illegal schools or lack of education.  I don’t care because it doesn’t  have a direct impact on me. I care about being run over by one of them or colliding with one of their cars.  I also care because the next time these thugs think of attacking and kidnapping an innocent Black person, there could be an eruption similar to the Crown Heights (New York) riot in 1992.

 

 

 

About Remi Makinde

Remi Makinde Hackney Hive founder, publisher and contributor. Hackneyite and all round Girl Friday, who couldn't wait to leave Hackney and London behind her. After hitching her wagon in California, Texas, New Orleans, Louisiana for 18 years, with a brief spell in Mexico, the prodigal daughter returned happy to put an unconventional and risky past behind her. She is owned by her two dogs Deffer(a Jack Russell & Darcy a Jack Russell/Pomeranian mix) and runs a London based pet sitting business. The big smoke is home for the moment, but she desperately yearns wide open spaces, where she hopes to call home in the near future.

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20 Responses to "Wild West Stamford Hill: Attack on Black Traffic Warden is Just Tip of a Large Ice Berg"

  1. Martin  31/01/2017 at 10:56 pm

    Perhaps this clip sheds a different light upon the story. https://twitter.com/Rosa_Doherty/status/821768842296918016

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    • Remi Makinde
      Remi Makinde  01/02/2017 at 1:39 am

      All it shows is the desperate traffic warden trying to escape a mob that is surrounding him.

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    • Michael Green  01/02/2017 at 1:42 am

      No, it shows a group of men surrounding a person who is at work and separating him from his vehicle. It is not harassment to enforce parking restrictions. We witnessed these men surrounding the Traffic warden, grabbing him, blocking him in with a car, all because they seemed to believe he is not allowed to give them parking tickets. They are out of control and a danger on the streets.

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    • Chezza  01/02/2017 at 1:12 pm

      Although it makes interesting viewing IT DOES NOT show the incident in its entirety….the lead up to the EO having to retaliate whilst surrounded what is seemingly a gang of thugs. I’m pretty sure the EO wouldn’t have reacted like this without due cause and I’m hedging my bet that the one who got clumped uttered derogatory and racist remarks (this section of the community are well known for such things whilst always trying to portray that they are meek, mild and godfearing…far from it as have personally witnessed/heard) but hey….this is my assumption and my opinion.

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  2. Hackney guy  01/02/2017 at 7:36 pm

    This is the most racist article I have seen for a long time. You are taking a group of people and making them into one person. So basically you’re saying that anything that any Jewish person does reflects on everyone. This is not true every person is an individual. In the same way as you would not like it if I gripped you together with other criminal non-Jews. I’m not going to the point whether these people and they then Road were right or wrong but they are people before they are Jews. All of your derogatory comments are on the whole group. You are clearly an abscessed racist individual

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  3. Hackney guy  01/02/2017 at 7:43 pm

    This is the most racist article I have seen for a long time. You are taking a group of people and making them into one. Painting everyone with the same brush. Basically you’re saying that anything that any Jewish person does reflects on everyone. This is not right, every person is an individual. In the same way as you would not like it if I grouped you together with some criminal non-Jews. I’m not going into to the point whether these people On Theydon Road were right or wrong but they are people before they are Jews. All of your derogatory comments are on the whole group. You are clearly an abscessed racist individual. I have seen five different videos from different angles. It is clearly the case that the traffic warden lost the plot. He is a poorly trained subcontracted person who when challenged by some people, lost it completely.

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  4. Remi Makinde
    Remi Makinde  01/02/2017 at 8:35 pm

    BIG DIFFERENCE between this group of people and all other Jews. I’ve been knocking around long enough to know this. However I see you are quick to put down the traffic warden: “lost the plot” “poorly trained” “lost it completely.” Already tells me who you are.

    He was trying to get away.

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  5. G@Red  02/02/2017 at 12:01 am

    I completely agree that these people should be treated as people not as Jews. For that reason I call upon the police to use its resources to publish photos of all those who can be seen to be assaulting the Traffic Warden and asking for their arrest. Just like the people who rioted a few years ago. Of course many of these rioters were black but they are people before their skin colour.

    The people I can see rioting on all the footage are dressed like Hasidic Jews, the are in a place where these jews live so they are probably jews. My point here is that I think the Hasidic Community has a problem with the rule of law, they don’t like it when it requires them to behave in accordance with a secular and civil society. They aren’t the only groups who have this problem but they are the one’s in my manor.

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  6. Michael Green  02/02/2017 at 2:32 am

    @Hackneyguy

    What happened on Theydon Road was kidnap and assault by a bunch of violent, uneducated men who were upset that someone expected them to obey the rules of the road. You cannot behave like that on our streets. This incident will shine a much needed light on the practices in your community such as young children being sent alone to school because their parents are irresponsible, uneducated and have more children than they know how to look after. The rampant sexual abuse by community leaders. The illegal schools and lack of education for boys. All of these things will now be critiqued. That is the only good thing about this incident.

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  7. Uguysr  02/02/2017 at 9:00 am

    Hi,
    As far as I can tell no one seems to have published what lead up to the warden getting desperate, and going all out. As far as I know, it started when he tried to give a person a fine, yes they probably had an argument, but the warden ended up scratching the guys car. Surprise surprise, he tried to ride off, so he could get away with it. As far as I know then you had all the people blocking him so he would not get away with it.

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  8. Carol  02/02/2017 at 9:14 am

    Didn’t a young child in Stamford Hill get run over this week? I think he is on life support.

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  9. Hackneyguy  02/02/2017 at 9:31 am

    You are missing my point completely. There is no Hasidic “community” just because 2 people dress in a certain way they should not be grouped together and judged as 1. Every person in that video makes his own decisions. There is no evidence that there is “rampant sexual abuse by community leaders” More than elsewhere. Oh and people can have however many children they want unless there is a one child policy as in China. Regarding what happened with the traffic warden, if you look through all the videos available, The traffic warden is not just protecting himself and trying to run away as you are trying to say here, he was attacking the people there with his helmet and chasing them. This is no way for a proposedly law enforcing person to behave. No Inividual particularly likes parking enforcement. people do whatever they can get away with. I am not saying that it was in order. Just because a traffic warden is persistently picking on your area it does not mean that you should harass him however, you group everyone together as if they are all one person. Same with sexual abuse. It happens all over the world in every country in every “community”. Jimmy Savile was not in the community.

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    • Remi Makinde
      Remi Makinde  02/02/2017 at 11:11 am

      Oh put a lid on it.

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      • HackneyGoy  19/11/2017 at 6:58 pm

        … just because there where 20 people dressed in the same way….

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  10. Bolly  09/02/2017 at 9:03 am

    Any chance of you revealing who the local Councillor is?

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  11. Michael Green  10/02/2017 at 10:15 am

    You cannot have “as many children as you want” when you do not have the resources to care for them so are sending young girls out with infant children. You want to have ten kids, you and your spouse care for them. Not innocent children that have had no control over the number of kids in their house.

    Whilst you insist on living like an insular cult, you will be treated that way. Whilst you think it acceptable to beat and kidnap a man going about his work, you will be treated like the ignorant thugs you are.

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  12. Lucas  21/02/2017 at 7:29 am

    This appears to be a very racist article by someone who is hell bent upon generating all the “wrongs” possibly committed by the jewish people of stamford hill. . No brains needed to see this, It is starkly visible.
    All the irrelevant negativity that you have wriiten about the jewish people, is not in context with an article intended to report on the disturbing incident regarding the traffic warden and some members of the jewish community.

    Clear to see that you have seized an “opportunity” to besmirch and degrade an entire community.
    Now, if anyone were to start blasting about all the gun crime, murders etc going on in the black community and beyond, Lord help them, they wouldn’t hear the end of it from you.

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  13. Michael Green  06/03/2017 at 4:23 am

    Lucas
    Some of us actually live where this took place. We have to deal with the illegal, dangerous parking, old Jewish men making sexual comments and propositions to our children, the increase in prostitution as they have a steady clientele in the Hasidic men. This is not just a few members but nor is it all Jewish people. It is the insular Hasidic population of Stamford Hill and the surrounding areas where there is poor education, limited socialisation and no access to the perspectives of the outside world.

    Gang crime is a focus of the media all of the time. It’s high time the light was shone on this community where neglect, abuse and deprivation are common place and encouraged by the leaders.

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  14. HackneyGoy  19/11/2017 at 7:00 pm

    … just because there where 20 people dressed in the same way….

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