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‘Muslim Slayer’ letters caused security alert

A self-styled ‘Muslim Slayer’ prompted a chemical alert by sending fake poison to the Queen with a note saying ‘The Clowns R Coming 4 You’, a court heard yesterday.

White supremacist David Parnham left royal staff who intercepted the package fearing for their health, with an MoD Chemical, Biological Radiological and Nuclear team called in.

The 36-year-old (pictured in court sketch above) sent similar notes with white powder to then-PM Theresa May, two bishops and the Home Office in October 2016, the Old Bailey was told. He also sent out more than 300 ‘Punish A Muslim Day’ letters in 2018, encouraging attacks.

Lib Dem peer Lord Hussain told of his ‘total shock’ at receiving one of the fake poison letters. ‘I have lived in this country for 47 years and have never before seen or read anything like this,’ he said in a victim impact statement.Parnham, from Lincoln, admitted 15 offences, including encouraging murder, making hoaxes involving noxious substances and sending letters with intent to cause distress.

Letters sent to MPs and mosques said ‘P*** Filth’. Another, sent to the Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre in 2017, had a drawing of a sword with a swastika on it beheading someone. It was signed ‘Muslim Slayer’. In 2016, Parnham sent fan mail to US mass killer Dylann Roof, also a white supremacist.

A psychiatrist, Dr Paul Wallang, said the defendant felt ‘paranoia’ and had heard ‘voices’. But another, Dr Martin Lock, said Parnham did not experience psychosis and expressed concern he had tried to ‘mislead’ professionals.

Judge Anthony Leonard QC is due to sentence Parnham today.