United Kingdom residents receive 'Punish a Muslim day' letters as terror police probe

United Kingdom residents receive 'Punish a Muslim day' letters as terror police probe

Tell Mama UK, a campaign group which records hate crimes against the Muslim community, has received reports from people in Cardiff, Sheffield, Bradford, London and Leicester.

Tell MAMA [Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks], a project that monitors Islamaphobic hate crimes in the United Kingdom, said a photo of an envelope suggested at least one of the notes was dealt with at a Sheffield sorting office.

The story was picked up by The New York Times over the weekend and, on Monday morning, the BBC ran an extended segment on their leading current affairs programme the Victoria Derbyshire show.

In addition, they encourage people to "torture" and "butcher" Muslims in a day of Islamophobic violence on April 3.

Riaz Ahmed, a politician in West Yorkshire County, told The Mirror that he received one of the letters.

Speaking with The Mirror, he said, "It seems odd that anyone would send something like this to an address in a predominantly Muslim area".

The letter, sent from a "sorting office in Sheffield, and sent with a second-class stamp", starts like this: "They have hurt you".

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

"When I opened it and saw the content, I was horrified", Ahmed said.

Chief Constable for West Yorkshire Police Dee Collins tweeted: "So important that #WeStandTogether and not allow anyone to divide our communities #StrongerTogether".

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West Yorkshire Police said the investigation into the instances was being coordinated by the UK's North East Counter Terrorism Unit (NECTU) and enquiries were going on.

"I can assure you that these documents are being taken extremely seriously and a thorough investigation into the circumstances is underway".

"We are working with the communities we serve to reassure residents that, as always, everything possible is being done to ensure their safety and to catch the person or persons responsible for this".

"If any constituent has received a letter, or is concerned, contact me at tracy.brabin.mp@parliament.uk or if you'd rather, contact @TellMamaUK".

Shadow Policing Minister Lou Haigh responded, saying the letters were "an incitement to violence and it can not go unpunished".

The Met Police confirmed on Saturday that it is investigating the letter, adding that no one has been arrested over the controversy.

"They must be disaffected people to do something like this not knowing whose hands it may end up in". Some people may look at is at a sick joke.

He added: 'It is shocking that anyone would even think of putting something like this together and posting it out knowing that it could potentially cause a lot of upset and harm. The highest prize, 2,500 points, is awarded for nuking Mecca.

The letter bears an image similar to the royal coat of arms.

The letter bears an image similar to the royal coat of arms and there is also an image of a dagger with the letters MS, suggesting it is linked to so-called Muslim Slayer who targeted mosques in London and the United States previous year with similar threats.

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