Man jailed for hate attack on Muslim women

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A thug who launched an Islamophobic attack on two Muslim women while being filmed by his friend has been jailed.

Alex Chivers, 36, struck one of his victims with an open packet of bacon and shouted "You deserve this" during the assault on the mother and daughter in Enfield, north London, at around 4.40pm on June 8.

He also made reference to the Islamic State terror group when he shouted "Isil scum" at one of the women.

Chivers, of Bryanstone Road in Waltham Cross, two miles north of the attack, was handed a six-month jail term after pleading guilty to one count of racially or religiously aggravated common assault, and one count of causing racially or religiously aggravated alarm or distress, the Metropolitan Police said. 

The incident was filmed on camera by one of Chivers' associates, who police said remains at large. Chivers was sentenced at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court on June 29.

Detective Constable James Payne, from Enfield community safety unit, said: "This was a truly shocking incident.

"The victim was out with her mother and getting on with her day when Chivers abused her and then set upon her with something he knew would both upset and offend her.

"We know other people were present during this attack, including an associate of Chivers who filmed the incident.

"Inquiries are ongoing to trace these people and if you have any information that may assist in identifying them please contact the community safety unit at Enfield via 101.

"The community safety unit here in Enfield would encourage all victims of hate crime to contact police so that the culprits can be identified and brought to justice."

Chivers was given a 26-week jail term for the assault, and 12 weeks' imprisonment for a public order offence, to run concurrently.

He was also ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge and will complete a 12-month supervision order when he is released from jail.

Muslims are forbidden from eating pork and previous incidents in other parts of the UK have seen extremists prosecuted for similar attempts to cause upset to members of the Islamic community.