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'Punish a Muslim day' letters probed by terror police

'Punish a Muslim day' letters probed by terror police

Anti-hate group Tell Mama shared a picture of a letter it said had been received by people across the UK
Letters encouraging recipients to take part in "Punish a Muslim Day" have reportedly been sent to addresses across the country.Images of the A4 notes, which contain a list of violent acts alongside a number of points for performing them, have been widely shared online.They have prompted a chorus of condemnation, with campaigners and MPs describing them as "disturbing".Counter-terrorism police are treating the letters as a possible hate crime.
'Fear in the community'
Tell Mama UK, which monitors anti-Muslim activity, said it had received reports of people in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield getting the letters.
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'Punish a Muslim Day' - we continue to receive reports of letters received from across the country. Now into double figures. Please report them into us at Tell MAMA or to 101. We are working with police forces on this malicious campaign. pic.twitter.com/4bph2RVBcv— TellMAMAUK (@TellMamaUK) March 10, 2018
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Director Iman Atta said: "This has caused quite a lot of fear within the community."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."Labour MP Naz Shah said several of her constituents in Bradford had received the "hate mail" through their doors.Ms Shah said the letters were an attempt to instil fear but one that would ultimately fail."We stand shoulder by shoulder, and stand side by side, because nothing will divide us," she said. "This is hatred and it just doesn't work. You know, it's what we do."She said she had spoken to police, and had been told detectives believed they were dealing with a "linked series of offences".
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*Statement Re “Punish a Muslim” Hate Mail*
People in Bradford and in other parts of the country have... https://t.co/YNV3SG7BfZ— Naz Shah MP (@NazShahBfd) March 10, 2018
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Counter Terrorism Policing North East said it had received reports of "potentially malicious communications sent to individuals across the UK".A police spokesperson said: "Counter Terrorism Policing North East are coordinating 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."West Yorkshire Police said it had received six reports.A Metropolitan Police spokesman said it was not yet clear whether any criminal allegations relating to the letters had been reported to the force.
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