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‘Anti&Semitism’ probe launched  into Hackney fire which ripped through 3&storey house & left 4 injured as man arrested

COPS are now probing a house fire that injured four over fears it was an Anti-Semitic attack.

Emergency services were raced to Hackney, London around noon yesterday after reports a three-storey home was up in flames.

Cops are probing a London house fire over fears it was a hate crime

Four people were injured in the blaze, which is thought to have been started deliberately.

A fifth man, in his 60s, was also injured but he was later arrested.

But when the man was detained at Newick Road around 12noon yesterday, he was said to have been threatening and made “allegedly antisemitic” comments.

The man remains in hospital today.

Met Detective Chief Superintendent James Conway said: “On his arrest the man made a number of threatening comments, some of which were allegedly antisemitic.

“We take instances of antisemitism extremely seriously and for this reason we’re investigating the incident as a potential hate crime.

“Undoubtedly this will be extremely concerning news for our Jewish communities in Hackney and beyond, and I and my officers will be engaging with partners including the Community Safety Trust and the Shomrim to answer their questions and listen to their views.

“Whilst the investigation will continue to explore the motivation for this offence, we believe at this stage that this was centred on a localised housing-related issue.

“We have no indication, at this very early stage, that the motivation was connected with any specific local or global events.”

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