David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, was charged on the 14th of June 2018, with 14 offences which included staging a bomb hoax and sending threatening letters. The investigation was led by Counter Terrorism Policing North East and took place over a number of weeks.
Tell MAMA was the first agency to highlight the campaign and to re-assure Muslim communities who were significantly disturbed by the anti-Muslim campaigns and the intrusive nature of letters that some received within their homes. The campaigns had a particular widespread impact on Muslim women, many of whom contacted Tell MAMA asking for advice as to whether they should go out of their homes on the 3rdof April. Some Muslim women stated that they would not go to work and others suggested that they would take off their headscarves so as to reduce the visibility of being identified as a Muslim.
Speaking on the charging of Parnham, the Director of Tell MAMA, Iman Atta OBE said:
“We warmly welcome the charging decision that has been made on 14 separate offences. Clearly, everyone must be assumed to be innocent and have their day in court, though this is a significant development in what has been a difficult period for Muslim communities who have received such letters. 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”.