Police are investigating a video which appears to show a group of men spitting at a bus full of Jewish passengers celebrating Hanukkah in central London.
Footage from inside the bus shows the men shouting and making obscene hand gestures and what appear to be Nazi salutes at the passengers. One man can be seen banging his shoe against the side of the vehicle.
The Metropolitan Police said the incident is being treated as a hate crime.
The open-top bus was full of people – including children – celebrating the first night of Hanukkah, a Jewish festival, on Monday, according to the Community Security Trust (CST), a charity which monitors antisemitic incidents and provides security support to British Jews.
They were handing out food in the capital’s famous shopping destination, Oxford Street and dancing, but “sadly this was interrupted by an extremely hostile, threatening and abusive group of men”, CST said.
In the video, people on board the bus can be heard saying “we are Jewish” and “we need to go”.
When the vehicle eventually pulls away, one of the men can be seen running alongside the bus and smashing his arm against the windows.
Two people who were on the bus reported the attack to CST on Tuesday.
The Metropolitan Police said officers were called to Oxford Street at around 8pm on Monday, but met the bus at another location after it moved on to “avoid any further confrontation”, police said.
The Met said: “The group shown in the video could not be located at the time of the incident and there have been no arrests.
“The incident is being treated as a hate crime and officers will be assessing the available evidence to identify any possible lines of enquiry.”
Police urged anyone who recognises the men in the video, or who has any other information, to call police on 101 with the reference 6187/29NOV.
Information can also be provided to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.