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Rabbi attacked outside of synagogue in Essex ‘needed hospital treatment’

A RABBI has needed hospital treatment after he was attacked outside his synagogue in Essex on Sunday.

Community leaders have offered their support to Rabbi Rafi Goodwin following the attack in Chigwell.

Essex Police said that officers attended Limes Avenue shortly after 1.15pm on Sunday following reports of a racially aggravated assault.

Police said they believed that two teenagers had stepped out in front of the victim’s vehicle while he was driving.

The pair then reportedly shouted at him and spoke in a derogatory way about his religion before going on to damage his car.

When the victim, who is in his 30s, got out of the car to confront them, he was attacked with an unknown object, police said. They confirmed that the rabbi had required hospital treatment.

His phone was also stolen during the attack.

The two boys, believed to be aged between 15 and 18, left the scene on foot.

Essex Police confirmed that the incident was not linked to pro-Palestine protests which took place at the weekend.

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