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Punish A Muslim Day - Male Charged

Alert message sent 18/06/2018 11:37:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Following all the media and concerns last month regards 'punish a muslim' day which has been seen on social media I am please to reassure you that the local community teams and the wider Bedfordshire Police put measures in place to ensure every ones safety. I can say for north Bedfordshire we saw no reports of this type of behaviour taking place and we also have some good news regards the wider national picture, with a male charged in relation to the media campaign. The details are as follows;
 

A man accused of sending letters promoting "Punish a Muslim Day" has been charged with soliciting to murder, counter-terror police have said.

Anonymous notes calling for a coordinated attack on Muslims were sent to addresses across the UK.

David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, has been charged with 14 offences in total, including staging a bomb hoax and sending threatening letters.

He will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Counter Terrorism Policing North East said Mr Parnham was charged "in connection with an ongoing investigation into offensive communications".

He faces:

  • One charge of soliciting to murder

  • Two charges of sending letters promoting a "Punish a Muslim Day", encouraging the commission of offences

  • Five counts of sending a hoax noxious substance

  • Five charges under the Malicious Communications Act of sending threatening letters

  • One charge of staging a bomb hoax

Police said Mr Parnham was arrested in Lincoln on Tuesday, when searches took place at a home and an office building in the city centre.

The letters were reportedly received in communities across England and Wales - including West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire, London and Cardiff. 

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Paul Ayling (Community, Inspector, North)

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