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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 23 October 2018

British man admits sending ‘Punish A Muslim Day’ letters

David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, pleaded guilty to 15 counts at the Old Bailey on Friday.

Protesters took to the streets against the letters. Stephen Lock for the National
Protesters took to the streets against the letters. Stephen Lock for the National

A British man has admitted to sending hundreds of threatening letters over a two-year period, including calling for a “Punish a Muslim Day” and penning racist letters to mosques.

David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, pleaded guilty on Friday to 15 offences, including staging a bomb hoax, soliciting to murder and sending letters with intent to cause distress.

Over two years from June 2016, Mr Parnham sent letters containing a white powder, which turned out to be harmless, to Queen Elizabeth, Theresa May and politicians and sent threatening letters to mosques around the UK.

In 2018, Parnam sent out "Punish a Muslim day" letters to a large number of people, encouraging violence against Muslims on April 3.

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

The letter offered points for committing acts of violence against Muslims, including pulling off women’s hijabs and throwing acid at people.

Mr Parnham was caught using DNA and fingerprint analysis from some of the letters, including one to US white supremacist mass murderer Dylann Roof.

Mr Parnham was remanded in custody and will be sentenced at a later date.