May 7, 1999 * Iyar 21, 5759
being guarded at 'saturation
alert stays despite bomb arrest
BY BERNARD JOSEPHS AND
POLICE AND the
warned this week that the threat of
neo-Nazi attacks against Jewish and other
ethnic minority groups remained high,
despite the arrest of a suspect for the
nail-bombings in Brixton, Brick Lane and
Last week's unprecedented guard on
potential targets, including Jewish
neighbourhoods throughout the country,
would continue "for some time," according
to a police source. "People must remain
vigilant," he added.
The need for the Jewish community to
keep on its guard was underlined by a
series of telephone threats to Jewish
schools, businesses and institutions.
At the weekend, parts of Stamford Hill
were cordoned off after a caller warned
that "a bomb is about to go off."
Golders Green was also the scene of an
alert as bomb squad officers examined a
suspect package that proved to be
harmless. There were also hoax calls to
Jewish schools in the London area.
While maintaining their
"high-visibility" patrols in areas
considered likely targets for far-right
terrorists, police were also employing
mobile closed-circuit television
surveillance. "We have had instructions to
keep precautions at the current level,"
the source told the JC.
A CST spokesman said the trust was
co-operating with the police, stressing
that the Jewish community was being
guarded at "saturation level,"
particularly at weekends. "There will be
no relaxation of our efforts. The threat
Last weekend's bombing at a gay pub in
the West End, which left three people dead
and many injured, brought renewed demands
for the banning of violent, extremist
Police said that the man charged had no
links with organised far-right
Members of the Jewish Gay and Lesbian
community plan to gather in Soho on Sunday
for a service in memory of the pub attack
Two senior Jewish doctors were in the
front line as casualties were rushed in
for treatment after the blast. Professor
Irving Taylor, head of surgery at
University College Hospital, told the JC
that the injuries were "the most horrific
I have seen. Along with my team, I
operated on three of the injured, one who
has since died. They all had limb, chest,
abdominal and head injuries."
Dr Howard Baderman, the chief
consultant at UCH's accident and emergency
unit, said the injuries were worse than
those he had encountered in the aftermath
of the 1987 King's Cross fire.