Islamophobic booklet pushed through doors in Aston

29th Jul 2016
Islamophobic booklet pushed through doors in Aston

Camel’s in the Tent were put through dozens of doors in Aston, Birmingham

Elham Asaad Buaras

West Midlands Police have confirmed they are investigating after an anti-Muslim booklet titled Camel’s in the Tent were put through dozens of doors in Aston, Birmingham, on June 27.

Birmingham Ladywood MP Shabana Mahmood contacted the police following complaints from residents who received the flyers by the American evangelical fundamentalist Christian Jack Thomas Chick. Police were treating the alert as a race hate crime and officers were studying CCTV footage in a bid to find out who was responsible for the literature. The Labour MP described the booklet as “frightening”.

“They are vile and a disgusting piece of literature designed to frighten the people in my constituency and cause fear and create division in our society. I have been liaising with residents and have reported the matter to police,” said Mahmood.

The details emerged as a cross-party statement was issued by Birmingham Council councillor Waseem Zaffar saying the city welcomed new arrivals from all over the world. He said: “Our city is warm, friendly and welcoming and no-one will come here and spread hate. We are united on this.”

Insp Will O’Connor, neighbourhood policing inspector, said: “We have received complaints about leaflets delivered to several addresses in the north Aston area.

“The act has been recorded as a racially aggravated offence, namely distributing material intended to incite racial hatred. These have been seized and we have also secured some CCTV covering the area which will be examined in the hope it will show who is responsible.” Chief constable Dave Thompson promised “zero tolerance” on hate crime after the UK voted to leave the EU.

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