Police investigate possible hate crime over anti-Islam letters

Police are investigating a possible hate crime after reports that anti-Islam letters were posted across the country.

West Yorkshire police confirmed they had received about six reports of letters advertising “Punish a Muslim Day”.

They had received a couple of letters for further analysis to determine the full circumstances and their possible origin.

A police spokesman 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.”

Social media users in London and Birmingham also reported receiving the letters.

A Metropolitan police spokesman said it was not yet clear whether any criminal allegations relating to the letters had been reported in the capital.

Iman Atta, the director of anti-Muslim hate monitoring service Tell MAMA, 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.”

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