Man charged over ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters

Man charged over ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters

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A man has been charged in connection with the investigation into the so-called
Punish A Muslim Day letters, police have said.

David Parnham, from Lincoln, is accused of 14 offences including one count of soliciting to murder.

He is also charged with two counts of sending a number of racist letters promoting a ‘Punish A Muslim Day’, to be held on 3 April 2018.

The 35-year-old further faces five counts of sending a substance with the intention of inducing in a person a belief that it is likely to contain a noxious substance, five counts of sending a number of letters conveying a threat and one count of making a bomb hoax.

Muslims in London, Yorkshire and the Midlands reported receiving the letter that calls for attacks in a points-scoring system.

The note incites verbal abuse and assaults on Muslims, as well as attacks on mosques.

Tell MAMA, a group which assists victims of anti-Muslim prejudice, were contacted by some of those who received letters to their homes.

The group said the campaign had a particular impact on Muslim women, many of whom got in touch for advice as to whether they should go out of their homes on 3 April.

Some Muslim women said they would not go to work and others suggested they would take off their headscarves so as to look less like a Muslim.

Iman Atta, director of Tell MAMA, said: “The campaigns caused anger, dismay and fear within some sections of Muslim communities and we will do all we can to assist the police and counter terrorism officers where we can.”

Parnham is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court later.

(c) Sky News 2018: Man charged over ‘Punish a Muslim Day’ letters