Wednesday, 30 September 2009

The Daily Mail, newspaper of choice for elderly race hate letter writers

Only a month after its articles were used on the BNP's homepage, and two weeks after the ultra right-wing English Defence League included its pages in an inflammatory propaganda video, the Daily Mail has again found itself used by extremists to propagate racial hatred.

The hat-trick of hatred has led critics to call for a complete ban on the Mail's sick filth immediately.

In news oddly absent from the Mail's own pages, it emerged last night that police are hunting the author of more than 50 threatening and racially abusive hate mail letters to people and organisations throughout the UK. Targets of the anonymous letter writer's ire include the NHS, the BBC, immigrants, politicians, and the EU. Letters have been received at hospitals, schools, mosques and even by the Prime Minister.

Hampshire police, who are leading the search for the poison pen writer, say many of the letters appear to have been sent in response to Daily Mail articles, and clippings from the newspaper are contained in the envelopes. Reports that Fred Bassett cartoons have been found Pritt-sticked alongside calls for 'wogs to go home' are unconfirmed.

Like the Mail's editorial stance, all the letters are offensive and derisive towards a wide variety of nationalities and cultures. Head teacher Janet Fleming, whose school received one of the letters, said: 'I am concerned that the person who sent it is not mentally stable. The language is appalling'. A source added: 'The letters are almost as bad as the comments on MailOnline.'

Discussing the Daily hate Mail letters on CrimeWatch last night, linguistics expert Dr Tim Grant said analysis of the language used in the Mail letters suggests that the writer is probably an elderly female, and that postmarks reveal Portsmouth or the Isle of Wight as the letters' origin.

Anyone who recognises the handwriting, language, or drawings contained in the letters is urged to contact Hampshire police force, and the Press Complaints Commission.

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