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Investigation into threatening letters sent to post offices

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Detectives are investigating a number of threatening letters received by post offices in the East Lancashire area.

The letters, which contain racist content, were received yesterday (Wednesday, June 24th) at post offices in Burnley, Padiham and Pendle.
 
Specialist officers have reviewed the letters and are speaking directly with the those affected, but at this time there is not thought to be any direct threat to any individuals or the wider community.

These incidents are being linked to previous letters which were received by post offices in 2019.


DI Andy Horne from Blackburn Police said: “We understand that this may cause concern and we want to assure people that we are working closely with the post offices involved to ensure the safety of staff and customers.



“We are carrying out extensive enquiries to understand the full circumstances and although there is not currently believed to be any direct threat, as with any report of this nature, they are all being thoroughly investigated.

“We are looking at the possibility that the five letters reported to us yesterday are linked to a number of others that were received by post offices across the county in December last year. We are still investigating those incidents.

"We want to reassure people that we know how concerning these letters are but we are determined to find who is responsible for sending them.”

DI Horne continued: “We know that images of the letters are being shared and discussed on social media but we would ask that people refrain from doing this, as it may be giving the sender the attention they crave and a platform to spread their offensive messages.

“If you have any information about any of the letters, please email [email protected] or call 101 quoting incident reference LC-20200624-0489.

Alternatively, you can contact independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

 


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