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'Punish a Muslim' letters branded a 'terrorist incident' by local MP

The letter encourage people to carry out violent attacks on 'Punish a Muslim Day' Credit: Press Association

Letters sent to Muslims across the country, including in Bradford and Sheffield, have been branded a 'terrorist incident' by Labour MP Naz Shah.

Speaking to ITV Calendar, the Bradford West MP said:

"The letters are very very vile. They go beyond hate crime they are actually, I feel, a terrorist incident. They have nothing other than a motive to terrorise the British Muslim community, and that's what they've set out to do."

– Naz Shah MP

Counter-terrorism police have been called in to investigate the letters, which encourage people to carry out violent acts against Muslims on 'Punish a Muslim Day.'

West Yorkshire Police said it had received a couple of the 'potentially malicious' letters for further analysis to determine the full circumstances and their possible origin. Meanwhile South Yorkshire Police said there have been three reports in the Sheffield area.

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

I would like to reassure the people of South Yorkshire that public and community safety remains our utmost priority and as always, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone.

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.

– South Yorkshire Police Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber
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The organisation Tell MAMA, which campaigns against Islamophobic attacks, says it has received reports of people in Bradford, Leicester, London, Cardiff and Sheffield receiving the letters.

"It is essential that all letters and envelopes are kept and handled minimally to preserve evidence for the police to investigate."

– Tell MAMA spokesperson

Anyone with any concerns about a communication they may have received should contact their local police force.