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'Punish a Muslim Day' letter suspect appears at Old Bailey

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Image caption Images of a letter said to be promoting "Punish a Muslim Day" were widely shared online

A man will go on trial accused of sending letters calling for a day of violence against Muslims.

The "Punish a Muslim Day" notes calling for a coordinated attack on Muslims were sent to addresses across the UK.

David Parnham, 35, from Lincoln, has been charged with a total of 14 offences, including soliciting to murder and staging a bomb hoax.

He was remanded in custody and will go on trial at the Old Bailey on 26 November.

The letters were reportedly received in communities across England and Wales.

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Mr Parnham, of St Andrew's Close in Lincoln, appeared at the Old Bailey via video link from HMP Wandsworth.

Mr Parham faces:

  • One charge of soliciting to murder
  • Two charges of sending letters promoting a "Punish a Muslim Day", encouraging the commission of offences
  • Five counts of sending a hoax noxious substance
  • Five charges under the Malicious Communications Act of sending threatening letters
  • One charge of staging a bomb hoax

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