Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Counter-Terror Police Investigate 'Punish A Muslim Day' Letters

Counter-Terror Police Investigate 'Punish A Muslim Day' Letters

TellMAMAUK wrote on its website that the letter "offers points for acts of violence against Muslims - this includes verbal abuse, the pulling of a woman's hijab or headscarf, a physical assault, and disturbingly, the use of acid as a weapon". They have caused you pain and heartache.

London's Metropolitan police recorded more than 1,200 hate crime incidents against Muslim victims from April 2016 to March 2017, pointing to a surge of Islamophobia in the UK.

"We call upon the government to take Islamophobia as seriously as other forms of hate crime", it added, calling on anyone who has received one of the letters to contact the police.

"Understandably this is very distressful, not only [for] those who have received the letter but also for the wider communities", she said in a statement on Facebook.

"Officers are now investigating the full circumstances".

"We'd always encourage anyone who is made to feel vulnerable to report this to police and it is really important that we are made aware of all letters received".

"We Quakers wish to offer a hand of friendship and solidarity to all Muslim communities and invite people of all faiths and none to stand with them against racism and hatred".

"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.

"It was not addressed to anyone, just the address and postcode as if it was sent out randomly", he told The Yorkshire Post.

"A spokesperson said: "[We] are coordinating the investigation at this time and will consider any potential links to existing inquiries.

Police said it had a couple of letters that will undergo analysis in an attempt to determine their origin.

Yasmin Qureshi, Labour Party politician and a practising barrister, said: "I'm shocked to learn that extremist cowards are distributing anonymous letters encouraging people to attack Muslims".

One letter was sent to the business address of Liberal Democrat councillor Riaz Ahmed in Bradford. Some people may look at is at a sick joke.

Counter Terrorism Police in Nothern UK said to have received reports of "potentially malicious communications sent to individuals across the UK".

"I am alarmed by its content, especially where it mentions acid because of all the recent reports in the media of acid attacks". Other police forces across the country called on any of those impacted to contact police forces or charities.

The messages also feature a dagger with the letters 'MS, ' suggesting a possible link to the "Muslim Slayer", who targeted mosques in both the United Kingdom and U.S. with threats a year ago.

South Yorkshire Police's Assistant Chief Constable, Tim Forber, was quick to reassure communities that all of the letters are being investigated.

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