A “disgusting” road sign warning people about the presence of Jews has been found attached to a lamppost in north London.

The triangular sign, discovered in Stamford Hill on Monday, shows a silhouette of a traditionally-dressed Orthodox Jewish man with a bright red border around it.

It is in the same style as official government road signs which warn of dangers including schoolchildren crossing the road and slippery surfaces.

Neighbourhood watch group the Shomrim said it had reported the sign to police and Hackney Council after it appeared near a synagogue on Clapton Common.

Barry Bard, Supervisor at Stamford Hill Shomrim, said: “The sign has caused a lot of concern amongst local Jewish residents, especially as it is in such close proximity to a Synagogue.”

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbot, who is MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, branded the sign “disgusting” and “unacceptable” on Twitter.