A video has emerged of a man subjecting a family to anti-Semitic abuse in St Albans.

The 34-second footage published by the Independent shows a young-looking man shouting slurs in a high street.

One of the victims behind the camera is heard asking the young man, who is also filming from his phone, to repeat what he had said.

The young man is then heard saying: "I said you are a dirty Jew fam."

After a confrontational exchange with the victims, the man kicks a canvas barrier and says: "You're a Jew, dirty." He then walks off.

According to police, the disagreement began after a man walked past a family sitting outside Costa Coffee in St Peters Street and shoved a baby's pram. It happened at around 2.15pm on Sunday (August 4).

When the 30-year-old victim, identified by The Independent as Michael, challenged the man, the offender responded with racial abuse.

At the time, Michael was with his wife, his two children aged one and three, his brother, his sister-in-law and their baby.

Rabbi Adam Zagoria-Moffet from St Albans Masorti Synagogue says the incident won't "interrupt the strong bonds formed between faith communities in the city".

He said: "Obviously our local community, Jewish and not, is extremely disturbed to see such a flagrant instance of antisemitism, in public, in St. Albans. 

"In this city, we have dozens of churches, two organised Jewish communities, and several Muslim ones. 

"It is heartbreaking to see that temporarily rent by one young man's racist outburst. We take some comfort in the response of local police and civic offices.

"Although this instance has left many in St. Albans's Jewish community shaken, it is without a doubt an aberration, and one that won't for an instance interrupt the strong social and religious bonds which have been formed between faith communities in our city."

A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Constabulary said: “Police are investigating a racially aggravated assault in St Albans.

“At around 2.15pm on Sunday (August 4), the victim – a 30-year-old man, was sat outside Costa Coffee in St Peters Street when the offender (a male) walked past and shoved the victim’s pram which his nephew was in.

“When the victim challenged the offender, he responded with racial abuse. The offender then kicked an advertising board at the victim before walking away and still using racially abusive language.

“Officers are investigating and any witnesses, or anyone with information, should contact Hertfordshire Constabulary on the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference 41/70651/19.

“Victims of hate crime can be reassured that they will be taken seriously and treated with sensitivity.”

To report it and where to get support go to hertfordshire.gov.uk/hertsagainsthate