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British police are investigating a London scout troop after its members shouted death threats and anti-Semitic abuse at Jewish Second World War veterans during a remembrance parade, The Guardian reported on Friday.

According to the report, the explorer scouts, who were taking part in Remembrance Sunday service in Romford, Essex were heard to repeatedly shout "Let's kill the Jews" at the former soldiers.

The head of the scouts in the area has issued a full apology for the incident, which was witnessed by a senior policeman standing a few feet away, the British newspaper said.

A Metropolitan police spokesman was quoted as saying that London police were investigating two allegations of "racially aggravated harassment" involving more than one member of the Romford explorer scout unit. He reportedly would not say how many scouts were involved.

The Rev Lee Sunderland, who was taking part in the service, expressed shock after hearing the scouts shout: "Here come the Jews, let's kill the Jews," The Guardian reported.

Paul Freedman, an 84-year-old Jewish former RAF pilot who laid a wreath at the service, reportedly challenged the scouts.

"I was absolutely fuming... I told them I was a Jew and I'd spent four and a half years in the RAF during the second world war, and that Jewish people had sacrificed so much for freedom," he told the British paper, Evening Standard.