At least three chareidim were arrested by local police in Stamford Hill in London on Monday, Chadrei Chareidim reports. At least 10 residents of the chareidi community have been questioned by police and three are under arrest but details are scarce.
A local court issued a gag order on the case, prohibiting the publication of details surrounding the investigation and arrests. There are rumors and speculation pointing possible money laundering ring while others are speculating the arrests are connected to the sale of stolen property. Once again, these are rumors that remain unsubstantiated but at present there is no official information being released to the media.
The Chadrei report states three policemen entered the Shatz Kollel during the afternoon hours and arrested an avreich who was placed in handcuffs and taken away to the Rizhin Beis Medrash, in the same general area. Police questioned him at that location. The man is an avreich who is the father of two. Witnesses report that his cellular telephone rang and after he answered, police moved in and arrested him, apparently wishing to confirm that number belonged to him. The report adds the avreich asked that they permit him to take his jacket but arresting officers denied the request. After he was questioned he was incarcerated where he remains at this time.
The Rzhin Beis Medrash became a police headquarters as police continued operating in the area.
Witnesses report that “tens” of police vehicles were in the area as the situation unfolded, and askanim, members of the local chareidi community are in contact with local police.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)