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West Norfolk police probe after anti-Semitic leaflet found in box of fruit

PUBLISHED: 09:28 10 September 2014 | UPDATED: 09:28 10 September 2014

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An investigation has been launched after an anti-Semitic leaflet was found among a box of fruit in a Norfolk supermarket.

Police have confirmed they are investigating a “hate incident” after a leaflet containing anti-Israeli and anti-Jewish text was discovered at a supermarket in the west of the county.

The matter was reported to police by the Community Security Trust, a British charity organisation which was formed in 1994 to ensure the safety and security of the Jewish community in the UK.

A police spokesman said the hate incident was reported to them after a leaflet was found in a box of fruit from Israel in a supermarket in west Norfolk.

It is not known whether the leaflet was already in the box when it was delivered to the supermarket or if it appeared in the box after arriving at the store.

Following the incident, on July 24, police made other supermarkets aware of what had happened in a bid to try to encourage other people to report if anything similar had happened.

The spokesman said there were two other incidents, including one in the Breckland area, which are being investigated by police.

The incident comes just weeks after a supermarket emptied its kosher food sections over fears it would be targeted by anti-Israel protesters.

A Sainsbury’s branch manager’s decision to withdraw meats, cheese and sauces from its shop in Holborn, London, in August during a demonstration against the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, attracted online complaints from critics who claimed the chain was “anti-Semitic” and “persecuting” Jewish people.

But a spokesman for Sainsbury’s said it was “an absolutely non-political organisation” and said the food was returned to the shelves “as soon as was practically possible”.

“It was an isolated decision made in a very challenging situation,” she said.

“It was chilled food and he was simply trying to preserve it.”

• Have you got a crime story? Call reporter Peter Walsh on 01603 772436 or email peter.walsh@archant.co.uk

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