U.K. Teen Fined Scant Sum for Dropping Fireworks in Jewish Pockets

Stamford Hill neighborhood watch protests what it calls a 'disturbingly light' sentence for the January crime.

Members of the Jewish "Shomrim" security patrol team are pictured in north London on August 27, 2014.
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A neighborhood watch group in London’s Stamford Hill has protested a "disturbingly light" sentence of a 20 pound fine given a teenager who dropped lit fireworks in the pockets of Jewish pedestrians in January.

There were no injuries in the incident perpetrated by a 14-year-old arrested by volunteer neighborhood watch group Shomrim in Hackney, on suspicion of racially aggravated common assault.

Moshe Monitz, supervisor at Stamford Hill Shomrim, said after sentencing that "the outcome in this case unfortunately sends out a wrong message to victims, a sense of why bother if justice will not be served,” the Evening Standard reports.

"There is so much talk about a zero tolerance approach to hate crime, but it is important that it should not be mere words, it is the action that demonstrates how serious the words are,” Monitz said.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed the sentence: “A contract was issued having effect for an extended compliance period of two months and a total contract period 12 months. Also compensation of 20 pounds is to be paid.”