British police investigates anti-Muslim letters

British police investigates anti-Muslim letters

At least one of the threatening "punish a Muslim" letters now being investigated by terrorism police is believed to have been posted in Sheffield.

Britain's counter-terrorism officers are investigating a series of anti-Muslim letters circulated across the country calling for people to participate in a "Punish a Muslim Day" on April 3.

'Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should contact their local police force'.

"It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate", the monitor said, advising recipients.

"Police are investigating a report of malicious communications in a letter having been sent to the occupants of a residential address in east London", a spokesperson said.

Reports on social media show letters have been distributed in various towns and cities across the country, including Bristol, Sheffield and London.

In a tweet, Mr Javid called reports of the letters "disturbing" and said "we will do everything in our power to tackle those who spread hate".

Councillor Riaz Ahmed, a Lib Dem in Bradford, West Yorks, had the letter sent to his business address.

He said the letter was not addressed to anyone and appeared to have been "sent out randomly".

British police investigates anti-Muslim letters

They detail a points-based scoring system, rising from 25 "points" for pulling the headscarf off a Muslim woman to 2,500 for "nuke Mecca".

'It has a second class stamp on the plain white envelope and the frank mark is Sheffield.

MP Yvette Cooper called the letters "vile", and her fellow MP Jess Phillips called on any of he constituents who received the letters to report them. It was posted yesterday.

Even though counter-terror police found no connection between this letter and the one sent to a mosque in Manchester last November, this incident should not be taken any lightly.

'It seems odd that anyone would send something like this to an address in a predominantly Muslim area.

'My main concern is that it could get into the hands of other disaffected people in Bradford who just need that push to act.

Iman Atta, director of Tell Mama, said: "Those behind the malicious letters are trying to create fear within the Muslim communities and the threatening letter titled "Punish a Muslim Day" may be part of a wider campaign of hate against Muslims".

She said a number of the letters had been posted from Sheffield and bore a similarity to letters sent to mosques in the United Kingdom and U.S. in May 2017, which were also posted from Sheffield.

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