A man who displayed anti-Semitic posters has been sentenced.

Shehroz Iqbal, 27, of Kenwood Gardens, Ilford, was sentenced today (September 20) at Snaresbrook Crown Court for displaying written material that is threatening, abusive or insulting, intending thereby to stir up racial hatred.

Iqbal displayed the posters with anti-Semitic slogans in the Gants Hill area of Ilford in 2017. A member of the public exiting Gants Hill Underground spotted Iqbal taping posters onto the wall in March 17, 2017.

On closer inspection, the pedestrian saw that these posters displayed anti-Semitic messages. He saw Iqbal walk towards the Chabad Lubavitch Synagogue to which he attached more posters, which was caught on CCTV.

Local police arrived shortly after, but Iqbal fled. They seized the posters and after forensic examination, they tracked Iqbal and detectives arrested him at his home address in March 23, 2018.

He pleaded guilty to the charges at the same court on April 24.

He received 12 months imprisonment (suspended for 24 months), 30 days rehabilitation activity, 60 hours unpaid work and a £100 fine for breach of previous suspended sentence.

Commander Richard Smith, head of the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “The slogans on the posters Iqbal was displaying were clearly intended to stir up racial hatred towards the Jewish community.

“Police quickly responded to the situation and carried out a thorough investigation, resulting in the arrest and prosecution of Iqbal.

“I praise the actions of the member of public who swiftly reported the incident to police. By people coming forward with such information we can act to quickly resolve a situation, as we have done here.

“I want to reassure the Jewish community, and indeed, all of London’s communities, that we take such offences extremely seriously and will strive to identify and bring those responsible to justice.”