South Yorkshire Police’s Assistant Chief Constable is reassuring communities that a full investigation is underway into malicious communications sent to addresses across the UK.

A national operation– co-ordinated by Counter Terrorism Policing North East (CTPNE) ­– has been launched after a malicious letter containing messages of hate crime was reported to police by a number of people on Friday (9 March) and over the weekend.

In South Yorkshire, officers have received reports of three letters being received all of which are being investigated and details will be forwarded to the CTPNE unit.

Assistant Chief Constable Tim Forber said: “These communications are extremely distressing and we appreciate that members of our communities will be very concerned.

“I can assure you that these documents are being taken extremely seriously and a thorough investigation into the circumstances is underway.

“I would like to reassure the people of South Yorkshire that public and community safety remains our utmost priority and as always, we are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of everyone.

“We’d always encourage anyone who is made to feel vulnerable to report this to police and it is really important that we are made aware of all letters received.

“If you or someone you know, has received such a letter, please contact 101 and quote incident number 420 of March 11 2018.

“Hate crime in any form will not be tolerated and we will work with our communities and alongside our colleagues in the counter terrorism unit to ensure that those spreading fear and hatred will be brought to justice.”

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