13th February 2018, Gill’s statement on the hateful communications received by many Muslims across the UK

Commenting on reports that threatening letters entitled Punish a Muslim dayhave been received by local people, Gill Furniss, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough said:

I was beyond horrified to have heard that letters inciting violence towards Muslims have been received in Sheffield and elsewhere in this country. I am especially saddened to also hear that at least some of these letters may have originated in Sheffield.

I urge the police to continue to take these letters extremely seriously and I ask that if anyone receives any letters they report this immediately to the Police or through independent Hate Crime reporting centres such as Tell Mama.

I have this to say to the perpetrators of this hate crime: If you think you can cause community to turn against community in Sheffield by spreading your threats, you are completely wrong. Our tolerance and respect for our fellow humans will every time defeat your attempts at division and hostility. I am proud that we are the UKs first City of Sanctuary and a place where we celebrate Britains diversity and rich heritage including the contribution of Sheffields Islamic community.

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