Counter Terrorism Police probe vile ‘Punish a Muslim day’ letters
Counter Terrorism Police North East are investigating reports of vile hate mail which is being circulated in Bradford telling recipients to “punish a Muslim”.
The alarming A4 letters contain a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them on Muslim members of the community on a specific day.
The letters have caused outrage and condemnation from politicians, activists and members of the community.
Tell Mama, UK a charity which monitors hate crime, told the BBC it had received reports of people in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield getting the letters.
“They are asking if they are safe, if their children are safe to play outdoors.
“We have told them to keep calm and to phone the police if they receive one of these letters.”
She said a number of the letters had been posted from Sheffield and bore a similarity to letters sent to mosques in the UK and US in May 2017, which were also posted from Sheffield.
“They are inciting violence against the Muslim community,” she said.
Bradford East MP, Imran Hussain also condemned the letters and ‘condemns hate crimes in all its forms which seek to divide our communities’
He said in his statement: “I have spoken at length to senior police officers including Chief Superintendent Scot Bissett from West Yorkshire Police and with Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster from Counter-Terrorism Police in the North East, who have both assured me that the police are aware of these letters and that there is a serious and ongoing national investigation led by Counter-Terrorism Police and supported by local police.
“I urge people to remain vigilant and if anyone receives or has received this letter, please contact the police and follow police guidelines to not pass the letter on to anyone else to prevent any contamination of evidence.”
A police spokesperson said: “Counter Terrorism Policing North East are co-ordinating the investigation at this time and will consider any potential links to existing inquiries.
“Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should contact their local police force.”
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