DETECTIVES investigating a linked series of anti-Muslim incidents at the Palestinian Mission in Hammersmith have charged an Ealing man.

Jonathan Katan, 61, is charged with 11 counts of racially aggravated criminal damage.

He is additionally charged with two racially aggravated public order offences.

Katan will appear at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court tomorrow (Friday, 17).

He was arrested in November last year after red paint was thrown or sprayed at locations in Hammersmith, Fulham and Ealing on 11 separate occasions.

Det Supt Figo Forouzan said: “These charges have come as a result of diligent police work by officers who have gathered evidence while providing support and reassurance to those affected."

Chief Supt Sean Wilson, in charge of policing in West Area, said: “Officers have worked incredibly hard with the Crown Prosecution Service and communities in both boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith and Fulham to get an arrest and a charge in this case.

"This demonstrates how seriously we take allegations of hate crime against any of our communities.

“While criminal proceedings are now active, I ask the community to refrain from speculating on this case, particularly on social media, to avoid any risk of prejudice.”