Police have arrested a senior rabbi from Golders Green as part of a long-running sex abuse investigation, and four others on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.
The 54-year-old rabbi, who is the former religious judge and current leader of an Orthodox congregation is understood to still be in custody at a north London police station.
Three men, aged 25, 62 and 64, are also being questioned on suspicion of perverting the course of justice in relation to the other allegation.
Met Police borough commander for Barnet, Adrian Usher, said: "In Barnet we are currently working with members of all our communities to ensure the voices of victims of abuse are heard.
"My message to those victims is simple - come forward and we will listen to, support and believe you."