Police meet with Polish community leaders after hate-fuelled leaflets are posted through doors in Huntingdon
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Cambridgeshire police say they have met with a community leader in Huntingdon today (Sunday) following reports that leaflets labelling the Polish community “vermin” were distributed around the town.
Officers are investigating after the leaflets were discovered in the town on Friday.
The leaflets read: “Leave the EU. No more Polish vermin” and were printed in both English and Polish before reportedly being posted through doors.
Police say that the laminated leaflets were also left on cars near to a school in the Stukeley Meadows area, as well as around a number of properties.
A number of witnesses are being spoken to today and further investigations are taking place in the area.
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Detective Superintendent Martin Brunning said: “The production and distribution of this and any other similar material is committing the crime of inciting racial hatred which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
“We are working closely with the affected community and are doing everything possible to ensure those responsible are caught.
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“Any reports of hate crime in the county will be fully investigated and it is vitally important that anyone who has received these leaflets or suffered similar abuse reports it.”
Daniel Guz, who was present at the meeting, said: “I’m very pleased to have been invited to the meeting this morning and am reassured by how seriously this is being taken.
“The community are obviously feeling upset by this and we must offer all the support we can to the police to help them catch the people who did this.
“It’s really important that we help the police to do their job and make sure nothing else happens to cause more problems.”
Officers would like to hear from anyone who has information, especially those who have had the leaflets placed on their cars or on or around their property.
If you have information please contact Cambridgeshire Constabulary by calling 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.