Man who wore antisemitic t-shirt in Jewish area in Prestwich jailed

A man who wore a t-shirt with offensive wording relating to the conflict in the Middle East while visiting a Jewish area has been jailed.

Robert Hughes was seen by members of the Jewish community walking along Kings Road in Prestwich on the morning of 9 October.

The 69-year-old from Whitefield, Bury, admitted antisemitic hate crime charges.

He was jailed for 12 weeks by magistrates in Bolton.

Senior crown prosecutor Matthew Siddall said: “Robert Hughes targeted an area in north Manchester, where he does not live, which is a predominantly Jewish area in order to provoke a reaction with the t-shirt he was wearing.

“He caused upset and distress to all those he came across that day with the offensive words he displayed on his clothing.

“While individuals have a right to freedom of expression, we won’t hesitate to prosecute those who deliberately undermine public order by demonstrating hostility to anyone’s race or religion.”


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