Racists strike in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 12:30 14 May 2002 | UPDATED: 11:55 03 March 2010

RACISTS have struck in Ipswich by posting a sick leaflet to homes in two areas of the town.

Police have been called in after the leaflets were delivered in the Ancaster Road and Henley Road areas of the town.

RACISTS have struck in Ipswich by posting a sick leaflet to homes in two areas of the town.

Police have been called in after the leaflets were delivered in the Ancaster Road and Henley Road areas of the town.

The news has shocked police and community workers who have worked hard to counteract racism in the area.

The six-page A3 folded document was described as "deeply offensive" and attacks several minority ethnic groups.

There was no indication of who had written the leaflet, and no one saw the copies being delivered.

Police have undertaken house to house inquiries in the areas to try to find out where it had come from.

It was delivered to a number of homes in the areas – and police do not believe it was targeted at specific individuals or families.

"Racism will not be tolerated in Suffolk," said Supt Carl Puiy of Ipswich police.

"Distribution of written material which is likely to stir up racial hatred is an offence under Section 18 of the Public Order Act and is punishable by two years' imprisonment.

"These are deeply offensive leaflets for which no one has claimed authorship. We take incidents of this nature very seriously and we are determined to bring those responsible to justice."

Former mayor and founder of the Ipswich Caribbean Association Albert Grant was shocked to hear about the incidents.

"I really would not have expected this kind of thing to happen in Ipswich. We have worked very hard to promote good relations with all areas of the community.

"I had not heard about this, but I shall be calling in to ISCRE (Ipswich and Suffolk Council for Racial Equality) to find out all I can about it."

ISCRE director Sam Budu had not heard about the leaflet – but said there had been increasing tension for refugees in the wake of the controversial French presidential election when extreme right-winger Jean Marie Le Pen came second in the poll.

There has also been rising racial tension in other parts of England – culminating in the election of two British National Party councillors in Burnley in Lancashire.

Police have appealed for anyone with any information about the leaflet to contact them on 01473-613500 or Crimestoppers on 0800-555111.

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