Muslim communities in Leicester have been urged to remain vigilant after a letter titled ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ has been sent to at least one confirmed address in the city.
The malicious A4 letter, which calls on
recipients to attack Muslims, has been sent to addresses across the UK, including London, Bradford, Cardiff and Sheffield.
The letters say 3 April will be “Punish a Muslim Day” and points will be awarded for certain acts of violence – from 25 points for removing a woman’s headscarf to 500 points for murdering a Muslim.
It is believed the threatening letter may be part of a wider campaign of hate against Muslims.
Campaigners and MPs have condemned the letter, describing them as “disturbing”. Counter-terrorism police are treating the letters as a possible hate crime.
The Tell MAMA UK organisation, who record and report anti-Muslim hate crimes and incidents have also confirmed the letters received have now doubled in numbers. They advise anyone who is concerned or receives such mail to contact the police on 101.
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.”
A spokesman for the Police said: “These communications are extremely distressing and we appreciate that members of our communities will be very concerned”.
“Hate crime in any form will not be tolerated and we will work with our communities and alongside our colleagues in the counter-terrorism unit to ensure that those spreading fear and hatred will be brought to justice.”