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'I feel constantly aware of being visibly Jewish - I try to get to town and back as fast as possible'

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In the heart of Greater Manchester's Jewish community, residents went about their Wednesday morning business. The shops of Leicester Road in Salford were busy with customers, friends and neighbours chatted in the street, and workers hurried along.

The typical morning scene came against the backdrop of a promise made by Greater Manchester Police to step up patrols and ensure everyone is safe after Walid Saadaoui, 36, of Crankwood Road, Abram, Wigan, and Amar Hussein, 50, of no fixed abode, appeared in court accused of plotting to carry out an Islamic State-inspired gun attack.

Prosecutors say their intended target was 'the Jewish community in the North West of England', Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard on Tuesday (May 14).

Greater Manchester's Jewish communities - in areas including Sedgley Park, Broughton Park and Crumpsall - make up the UK's largest Jewish population outside London. READ MORE: Teacher who had baby with former pupil 'made attempts to garner sympathy' with baby's bonnet, court told Community leaders have spoken of an increase in concern within the community since the Gaza conflict began.

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