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Council Removes Signs Telling Women To Walk On One Side Of Road

The signs in North London, which were left up after a religious parade, sparked concerns among some locals.

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Signs in North London telling women to "walk along this side of the road only" have been taken down, with a local councillor describing them "unacceptable".

Anyone in n/e London, Stamford Hill, can read (I think) Hebrew or recognises the logo - what are these signs about?

Sean Clare@Sean__Clare

Anyone in n/e London, Stamford Hill, can read (I think) Hebrew or recognises the logo - what are these signs about?

7:58 PM - 17 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

A spokesperson for Hackney council told the Evening Standard: "As soon as the signs were brought to the Council's attention they were removed."

Another one. Walked past around 10 of them on lamp posts, garden walls and green cable boxes.

Sean Clare@Sean__Clare

Another one. Walked past around 10 of them on lamp posts, garden walls and green cable boxes.

6:00 PM - 17 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The signs had been left up following a religious parade among local Orthodox Jews.

@NimbyNutter @jonburkeUK @MPSHackney @HackneyAbbott Logo on side suggests it was for a street event (Torah Procession) that took place today

Shomrim N.E. London@ShomrimOfficial

@NimbyNutter @jonburkeUK @MPSHackney @HackneyAbbott Logo on side suggests it was for a street event (Torah Procession) that took place today

12:55 AM - 18 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Stamford Hill is home to one of London's largest populations of orthodox Jews, who are discouraged from touching members of the opposite sex other than those they are closely related to (or married to).

As the Torah Procession involved dancing, the signs were intended to prevent unplanned physical contact, according to the local branch of Shomrim, a Jewish voluntary organisation that works with the police to mount neighbourhood patrols.

@Sean__Clare Torah Parade involves dancing, physical contact, which is avoided in Orthodox Judaism. Read more: https://t.co/T3eNRxCIq4

Shomrim N.E. London@ShomrimOfficial

@Sean__Clare Torah Parade involves dancing, physical contact, which is avoided in Orthodox Judaism. Read more: https://t.co/T3eNRxCIq4

7:46 AM - 18 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The signs - which did not explain they were for a one-off event - prompted concern from some locals.

@BBCLondonNews these are up all over east bank, stamford hill. What's it all for?

Ed Wells@edwells

@BBCLondonNews these are up all over east bank, stamford hill. What's it all for?

6:41 PM - 17 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rosemary Sales, the council member for Stamford Hill West, told the Standard that it was "quite unacceptable to try to restrict women's movements in a public place".

A police spokesman told the Standard that they had spoken with the parade organisers about the signs, who had agreed to remove them more quickly next year, and write them only in Hebrew to reduce the potential for misinterpretation.