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Lincoln man pleads guilty to sending 'Punish a Muslim Day' letters

A man from Lincoln has pleaded guilty to sending a series of highly offensive letters and packages following an investigation by counter-terrorism officials.

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David Parnham, 35, was arrested by officers from Counter Terrorism Policing North East, supported by Lincolnshire Police, in June.

It followed an investigation into letters titled 'Punish a Muslim Day' being sent to addresses across the UK including Yorkshire.

Parnham was charged with multiple offences including hoaxes involving noxious substances, sending letters with intent to cause distress or anxiety, soliciting to murder, bomb hoaxes and encouraging offences believing one or more will be committed.

“This case has affected a substantial number of victims across the country and beyond. The abusive, racist and threatening language used in the letters has caused major distress.

“A wide range of victims received letters but predominantly addresses associated with Mosques were targeted by Parnham. In addition to the specific recipients of the letters, the circulation of the hateful threats online caused further upset and anguish to many more people. “Many Muslim communities strongly believed there was a real threat to their safety which understandably caused fear, offence and worry. I want to reassure all communities that the police are committed to tackling all forms of toxic extremist ideology which has the potential to undermine public safety and security. We will take action against any criminal behaviour which seeks to undermine society, especially where crimes are motivated by hate.”

– Detective Chief Superintendent Martin Snowden is the Head of Counter Terrorism Policing North East