Police examine hatred mail sent to UK and US mosques

Counter-terrorism military are questioning an apparent transatlantic anti-Muslim debate after hatred mail and questionable packages were sent from a plcae nearby Sheffield to mosques in London, South Yorkshire and a US.

Handwritten records were perceived by 3 mosques and other addresses conflicting London in July. They all gimlet a Sheffield postmark, as did hatred mail perceived by during slightest 4 US mosques progressing this year, and by 3 UK mosques in Jul final year.

Pictures of a letters seen by a Guardian uncover many of them featured a same pseudonym or initials. Three of a letters perceived by US mosques were sent during a same time, with a postmarks reading 5.14pm or 5.15pm on 22 February. “There were dual second-class stamps on all a letters sent to a US, that is interesting,” pronounced Steve Rose, who is obliged for calm during Faith Matters, a village movement organisation operative to conflicting extremism.

There were also similarities in scratch and imagery in a letters seen by a Guardian. “There are similarities in a figure of a numbers,” Rose said. “It could be one chairman promulgation them, it could be several people.”

Forest Gate mosque, Coventry Cross mosque in Bromley-by-Bow, and Shacklewell Lane mosque in Dalston all perceived letters final month observant a sender would be visiting a mosques.

In Jul 2016, packages containing white powder were sent to the parliamentary office of Nazir Ahmed, an eccentric peer, and three mosques in Leyton, Finsbury Park and Tottenham, as good as a Bank of England. “In 2016 this chairman targets 3 mosques in London, in 2017 also 3 mosques,” Rose said.

The letters contained descent denunciation destined towards Pakistani Muslims.

A minute sent to a New Jersey mosque threatened to kill Muslims and featured an descent cartoon. According to TellMama, a stating use for cases of anti-Muslim abuse, identical letters targeted mosques in New York, Georgia, and Kentucky this spring.

The Guardian has seen letters with a same pseudonym perceived by mosques in Washington DC, New Jersey and Alabama, all sent in February, with a latest minute perceived by a Islam Center in South Dakota in mid-June. “Maybe other mosques got them though didn’t news it,” Rose said.

On 28 February, a Dar al-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Virginia, received a minute that contained threats of assault and descent cartoons. It was sent with dual first-class UK stamps.

Corey Saylor, a orator for a Council on American-Islamic Relations, said: “All a letters we have seen have identical drawings, handwriting, and originated from Sheffield.

“Whoever is behind these letters feels empowered to make people on a conflicting side of a Atlantic feel fearful to go to their places of worship. Such eremite danger is wrong in any context and we wish British authorities act to display and move suitable authorised charges opposite a sender.”

In a matter about a new letters perceived by mosques, a North East Counter Terrorism Unit, that is coordinating a investigation, said: “Police perceived a series of reports of antagonistic communications and packages that have been perceived in new days conflicting London.

“Specialist officers have attended a addresses and a essence of a packages were examined. In all cases, a substances were found not to be noxious or harmful.”

The military were exploring a probability that a letters were related to a progressing questionable packages and letters reported in London, South Yorkshire and a US.

Rose pronounced a military greeting to a latest letters was reassuring. “It’s enlivening that within a day they’d left to mosques and a counterterrorism section was involved. Police are holding their time with it … and it’s really tough to trace. But it’s good they are holding it seriously.”

Rose urged people attending mosques to sojourn observant and news any threats to a police. “We need a mosques to report, and check their mail regularly. They should make certain they have hatred mail process in place for horrible mail. If you’re worried, hit 101.”

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