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Bury St Edmunds town councillors condemn far-right group leaflet which they say contained 'racist propaganda'




Bury St Edmunds town councillors have condemned a leaflet from a far-right group distributed to homes in the town on Sunday which they say contained 'racist propaganda'.

The leaflet from far-right group Patriotic Alternative contained remarks about immigration.

Bury St Edmunds Town councillors have reported the matter to the local neighbourhood police team and issued a joint statement in response.

Mayor Cllr Peter Thompson, of Bury St Edmunds Town Council
Mayor Cllr Peter Thompson, of Bury St Edmunds Town Council

They said: "We, the Bury St Edmunds Town councillors were appalled to learn that racist propaganda has been distributed through residents’ letter boxes on Sunday 20 December 2020.

"Apart from any considerations about the 'season of goodwill', the town councillors believe that equality and justice are – and must be - the mainstays of British society and there is no place for racism and fearmongering about the dangers of 'otherness' in our town.

"Those who seek to incite people to view others with suspicion, fear or hatred have learnt nothing either from history or the current pandemic which has seen the collaboration of neighbours, strangers, families and society as a whole on an unprecedented scale.

"Bury St Edmund’s Town councillors want to make it clear that racist, homophobic, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic propaganda will not be tolerated in our town at any level and will do everything they can to root out and condemn such actions."

A Suffolk Constabulary spokesman said: “We’re aware of the leaflet and are conducting enquiries but as yet we have not received any hate crime reports so far.”

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