Calls have been made to the local Jewish community to persevere in the fight against anti-Semitism.

Local faith and communities Officer PC Steve Savell said anti-Semitism was “very much” on the policing agenda at a public meeting in Enfield Southgate.

Opened by Enfield Southgate MP David Burrowes, the meeting was also attended by the Community Security Trust and the All Party Parliamentary Group Against anti-Semitism and highlighted a rise in anti-Semitism across the UK.

Mr Burrowes said: “We know from history that the litmus test for our valuing of our fellow human beings has, sadly, been our attitude to anti-Semitism."

The communities officer added: “Anti-Semitic crimes are considered separately from other hate crimes so that there can be effective analysis of the presence of anti-Semitism and there are squads and teams specially devoted to this cause."

PC Savell also reassured guests that protection is often undercover and the perceived lack of policing should not raise concerns.

Mr Burrowes added: "I am pleased that the meeting was able to inform and reassure my Jewish constituents of all the work that is being done locally and nationally to combat anti-Semitism. We must and will remain vigilant at all times to ensure that anti-Semitism does not gain any foothold in our community, media or politics. It matters to us all for the sake of human dignity."