Armed police searched an area after receiving a report of a man carrying a weapon near a synagogue amid heightened tensions following renewed violence between Hamas and Israel

Herts Police reassured the public that officers are "proactively patrolling" the area and no suspect was identified during a “thorough” search involving armed police, its dog unit, and local officers in Radlett yesterday (October 10).

Just after 7.35pm it was reported that a man was believed to be carrying a weapon, potentially an imitation firearm, in Watling Street.

One person was stop checked, the force confirmed, but it was apparently quickly established that they were not the suspect.

Despite further searches continuing, no suspect was identified.

Inspector Rachael Robertson said: “I appreciate this incident will no doubt cause some concern amongst our community.

“I would like to reassure everyone that we are proactively patrolling the area and engaging with the public.

“It is our duty to keep everyone safe. If you have any concerns or if you see anything suspicious, please contact police.”

Both Radlett Reform Synagogue and Radlett United Synagogue are in Watling Street and it has been suggested the initial report related to one of the places of worship, however this has not been confirmed.

Earlier this week, Home Secretary Suella Braverman urged police chiefs across the country to step up patrols to prevent anti-Jewish disorder.

Within Hertsmere, which is home to one of the UK’s largest Jewish populations, Herts Police had already announced additional foot patrols around Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue following anti-Semitic graffiti being found on the pavement outside on October 1.