Jo Cox murder

Lord Mayor reveals 'hateful and abusive' letters

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield says he hopes to "defeat" hate after regularly receiving "dozens of abusive and hateful letters".

The edited letter
@MagicMagid

Magid Magid, who took up the role almost a year ago, says he's kept a "hate box" which he's filled with letters he received during his time as mayor.

He's shared the images on social media as a "harsh reminder" of hate and intolerance in communities.

One letter, which he says he received recently, makes reference to murdered West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox and uses racist remarks to describe Mr Magid.

He ended his post saying hate can cause real harm, but "by embracing courage, compassion and a vision of hope - we can defeat it".

Two arrested in Sheffield over malicious tweet to MPs

Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of malicious tweets sent to five MPs, including a reference to the murder of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

The threat on Twitter
Twitter

Messages were sent to Independent Group MPs Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna, Angela Smith and Sarah Wollaston, and Labour MP David Lammy.

One showed a crossbow above the words "We are ready for civil war, are you?"

South Yorkshire Police said a man and a woman had been arrested on suspicion of sending malicious communications.

The man, 40, and woman, 33, were arrested in Sheffield and have been released on bail.

The tweets were sent from an account in the name of "Sheffield and Yorkshire direct action brexit group".

Responding to a tweet from Ms Soubry referencing a petition calling for Brexit to be cancelled, one message branded her a "traitor" and said "Remember what happened to Jo Cox".

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