BURY had the highest instances of anti-Semitic abuse and violence in Greater Manchester last year.

Three-quarters of the 1,382 antisemitic incidents were recorded in Greater London and Greater

Manchester, the two largest Jewish communities in the UK.

The figures were produced by Community Security Trust (CST), a charity that protects British Jews.

In a report published this month it revealed there were 92 anti-Semitic incidents in Bury last year, accounting for 35 per cent of the Greater Manchester total.

CST recorded 261 antisemitic incidents in Greater Manchester, an increase of 27 per cent from the 206

incidents recorded there in 2016.

Bury South MP Ivan Lewis. said: “These statistics are shocking not just for the residents of Bury but across Greater Manchester as a whole.

“I have asked for an urgent meeting with Greater Manchester Police to discuss how we can better support and protect the Jewish community and understand their strategy for doing so. I have also written to the Home Secretary Amber Rudd to raise my concerns and enquire about the possibility of further resources being made available to local police and groups like the CST to improve security at venues like synagogues and Jewish schools given the prevalence of incidents near to them.”